Rose Garden by Melani Pyke

What the Lord does in our lives is such a miracle- how He takes us out of ugly sin and darkness, into beautiful righteousness and light! Have you recently stopped to meditate on the truth that you have been adopted into His family and are called a child of God? That’s huge! I think of my own children and how close they are to me. We are even more closely connected to the Lord. This week’s art feature is all about transformation, from Canadian artist Melani Pyke. Enjoy!

- Elizabeth McLellan


Rose Garden by Melani Pyke

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36


A rose bush in winter and early spring appears to be dead, but if we wait patiently and take good care of it, it is transformed into a thing of exquisite beauty. The image of the thorns and tangles is separated from a field of roses by a profile view of a woman praying. Like the rose bush, if we patiently seek the Lord He transforms us.

- Melani Pyke


“It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”  (Mark 4:31-32 NIV)

"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
(2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)




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Award winning Canadian artist Melani Pyke has enjoyed living in the Niagara region for the last 14 years, but has reached people worldwide through the oil and acrylic paintings she has created over the last 25 years. Her paintings remind us to enjoy the natural world while carrying messages of hope and healing through a lyrical realism inspired by the timeless truths of the Bible. Melani plays an active role in the local community by leading art camps and workshops for children, and instructing weekly drawing and painting classes for all ages and abilities. Many of her paintings are created before live audiences at community events. After winning multiple Art Battle live painting competitions recently, she went on to compete in the national competition in July 2018. Melani is also well-known for her public mural projects throughout the Niagara region. Melani completed YWAM’s University of the Nations’ School of Illustration program in Kona Hawaii in 2001, and Mohawk College’s Graphic Design program in 2003.



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