Joy – After Brokenness

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Marcia Carole and her father standing in front of her original art, “Joy,” which is in the permanent collection of art at Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.

What an honor to have one of my pieces in the lobby of a large, important church in Salt Lake City. I created this piece in response to my journey to Cameroon, West Africa. After each woman shared her story with her storyrope, we prayed for her, and then all the women burst out in joyful dancing and singing. What a way to express joy after sharing much brokenness in their stories.

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Here I am painting the work in Seattle.

“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,” – Psalm 30:11

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