By Samantha Ryan
A modern portrait of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Perfect for a neutral, minimalist style.
- Print Option: All our prints are made using Premium Archival Matte Paper with a high-quality fine art finish. Prints larger than 5x7 come with a white border.
- Canvas Option: Our canvases come stretched on a .75 inch width frame. The image will be wrapped unless the image is cut off, in which case the edge will be mirror wrapped.
A message by the artist:
This painting existed in a much more crude version for about a year. Trying to render the Savior always feels like a challenge I am inadequate to face and I didn’t feel up to the challenge. I’ve heard other artists echo this sentiment as well. What I have learned, though, time after time, is that the challenges we feel most unworthy to accept, are often the ones we need the most. Of course I am not worthy of the challenge. Of course I will not depict Him how He deserves. Did any of us deserve the sacrifice Christ gave? No. That’s not why we were given it. Grace is given to those who do not measure up. If we were worthy of grace, it would not be a gift.
I was inspired to pick it up again when an assignment for an art class meant I had a full palette with each color in the color wheel. Not wanting the paint to go to waste, I picked up this portrait and went to work. With new options and new inspiration, I felt more prepared to face the challenge. When I began painting Christ again, I felt peace and calm. I learned about how I see Him and in doing so, how He sees me.
It was not by accident that this painting needed a full, robust color wheel to come into being. Though the colors in this painting are subtle, they make up a much more varied, complex Christ than the one I had attempted to paint before.
In painting Come, Follow Me, I tried to depict the Savior as the kind, guiding light he is. He is not only inviting us to follow him, but He is also checking to see that we are still there as He moves forward at our pace. He is giving us constant grace, patiently waiting as we wonder if we are worth what He offers—forgetting all the while that His love is not conditional. He is made of you and me and that’s what makes Him sacred. That’s why He needed the full color wheel.