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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. 



(acrylic paint on stretched canvas, 30" x 40", 2022)

Meaning & Message:

It can be challenging in this fast-paced day ‘n age to slow down and enjoy the presence of others. This painting, titled “Open Table,” reflects on the beauty of sharing a meal and cultivating deep relationships. I love how God created us to repose from our work three times a day to partake in a meal.


In a sense, mealtimes are like mini sabbaths reminding us that we are dependent upon “bread” and “rest.” These tangible needs ultimately point us toward the Bread of Life and the full Shabbat Shalom Yeshua gives. I look forward to the day when we are all gathered around the Lord’s Table, celebrating His goodness and glory.


Style & Aesthetic:


Taking artistic cues from the Cubist movement and ancient mosaics, the composition is broken up into these fractured pieces. This is to signify the process of redemption and reconciliation with our Savior. By realizing our broken condition, we can be real with Jesus, asking Him for His blood to cover our sin. God can work with an honest and humble heart, through His mercy and grace, transforming our brokenness into something spectacular. Yahweh is the God of Redemption. I love how Isaiah 61 touches on this part of Christ's heart and mission: 


"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
   because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
   he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
   and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor,
   and the day of vengeance of our God;
   to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
   to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
   the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
   the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
   they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
   the devastations of many generations."                                                  ~ Isaiah 61:1-4 ESV


Jonathan Edward Shaw
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
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