The Space Between, 2018 Oil on canvas.

Location: San Clemente, California
Featured Work: The Space Between

Describe your featured work.
Feeling safe enough to rest is an essential component of growing and moving confidently through the world. Our heart’s desire is to be known and loved and secure. It’s a meal shared with friends, or the warmth of a steaming coffee alone at dawn. It’s a painting that comes alive in front of me, unaccountably, after hours of frustration. This modern Madonna and Child is an invitation into the sweet hush of rest… to find comfort in the familiar space and objects. I don’t need to remind you that days are hard and there are stains on the sheets and laundry to fold and a diaper somewhere in the garage that smells and cancer and fear and… turbulence. But there is also this, dearest. There is the space between. There are moments that are worship, hope, and heaven now. This piece is meant to provide refreshment on the dusty road. I pray that it is a massage for your weary feet; that it is hospitality and a warm meal. Perhaps it is lavender on a bumpy flight. I want you to know that even in a world that is smoky with sorrow, God is good. Come and see, come and rest.

Artist Statement
Embedded in our swiftly marching hours, there are moments of worship, clarity, and beauty that refresh us. They are our rest: a secure foothold on a steep and lengthy scramble, a softly lit inn along a dark and dangerous road. These moments buoy us for the journey and remind us that even here, heaven gently hems us in. These canvases are meant to snatch up the lovely, sacred moments of lives lived faithfully. Since I was a child I have found inspiration in the beauty of people. There was something I wanted to extract, to release, before I knew what to name it. I sensed that human flesh contained something incalculably valuable; swaddled potential, glowing and desperate to escape through any thinning. These portraits show beings created with a purpose, participating in that purpose. They are icons to inspire faith, and celebrate the holiness in the mundane.

Marriage, 2012, Oil on canvas, 44″ x 72″
Eucharist, 2014, Oil on canvas.
Eucharist, 2014, Oil on canvas, 72″ x 72″
Baptism, 2014, Oil on canvas, 36″ x 60″











Rebirth, 2017, Oil on canvas, 72″ x 72″

What are you making now?
I am currently exploring the idea of rest and refreshment… creating a safe place for the viewer with my work. Because the pieces are scaled life size, they invite participation when seen in person. I just finished up The Space Between and will begin shooting references for the next piece soon.

I belong to CIVA because…
It is invaluable to be a part of an art community that encourages, inspires, and prays for one another. We are all created to create, and each individual’s work is fuel to inspire the work of others. Despite the commonly held belief that artists are solitary creatures, I passionately believe that we need to make and share our art (and our lives) as a community in order to flourish. CIVA provides a wonderful platform for this.


featured_artist-kirsten_van_mourick-headshotKirsten received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, and then her Post Baccalaureate Degree and Masters of Fine Art in painting at Laguna College of Art and Design in 2013. She currently works from her studio at her home in San Clemente, California, which she shares gladly with her husband and two much smaller versions of him.