A number of years ago, I researched my first name's origin. Jonathan derives from the Hebrew "Yehonatan" (yay-ho-nah-tohn) which translates as "Yahweh has given." Since learning this rich meaning, I have begun signing each piece of artwork with my Hebrew name; reminding me that each artwork is a gift from God. It is He who enables me to dream and express these artistic visions with paint strokes and pencil sketches for His glory and for my joy. 




Fishing in the Night
(acrylic paint on stretched canvas, 30" x 40", 2021)

“Fishing in the Night” - I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of fishing, especially when it involves casting nets. In my mind’s eye, I can see a net in slow-motion gracefully unfolding like a scroll and descending upon the water. This piece signifies the Father’s heart to gather all people into His loving presence and how we as the Church are involved in that work.

As the men in the boat cast the net, their posture conveys one of worship and adoration. As we humbly adore Christ, we are able to point others to the same grace and mercy we have received.

The suspended net stretches across the sky like a banner. The far left corner points towards the heavens and the right corner connects to the earth. This placement refers to Jesus' prayer "On Earth as it is in Heaven."

Patience is also a very key component to fishing. May we be reminded that our faith journey is not so much of a sprint but rather a long distance race. So let's hold fast to our goal which is beholding Christ and being known by Him, our first love, and from this place of intimacy we will bear good fruit (referencing "The True Vine" in John 15).


Jonathan Edward Shaw
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA