Hi, I'm Deborah Montana, an artist working in photography, sculpture and acrylics. My paintings and photographs express the passion I feel for my Beloved Bridegroom Jesus and the places He opens my heart to visit during times of soaking, prayer and reading the word. I prefer to paint outdoors if the weather is nice. Inside I am often paint to music by Pastor Mark Davidson, Laura Woodley Osmon and Heather Clark's Dark Yet Lovely. I also love to create digital art. It's so forgiving and I often don't know where I am going to end up. I like that! My resuced dog Dixie Belle is a steady companion no matter how late I stay up. Her photograph is the 'cover shot' for one of the galleries. She's the red head.
The photographs you see often feature Montana Crosses, made by my husband James, who is a cancer survivor. Out of the furnace forged by this tribulation, we found a deeper love for the lover of their souls and Montana Crosses came to life. The crosses are made of recycled carbon steel, stainless steel, silicon bronze, and found objects. The repurposed metals yield a surprising array of colors and textures as the fire pulls the impurities to the surface, making no two crosses alike. Some of them are quite colorful while others are heavily etched in the fire.
This process is an allegory of our journey with Christ. In the Refinerís Fire, we are transformed into the image of Christ as He takes us from glory to glory. As we walk through the fire of the Holy Spirit, our impurities rise to the surface and God makes something beautiful out of our imperfections. Our trials on earth etch His signature upon our lives, just as surely as our names were etched in the palms of His hands on the cross for all eternity.
We belong to Him and He belongs to us.
While it is a sobering endeavor to make a cross, where sin and sorrow meet, it is also a place where all
mankind can rejoice and find hope. When we embrace the cross, we find the love of our lives in a relationship
with Jesus Christ our Savior, Friend, Bridegroom and King.
I, pray over each handmade piece before it leaves our studio located near Tyler, in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Together we seek the Lord for designs and the Biblical interpretations of each piece. James follows the Holy Spirit and brings the passion of the cross to life one cross at a time. None his work is machine pressed, or can ever be exactly duplicated due to the firing process. Sculptured Montana Crosses are as unique as your fingerprint.We like to listen to your heart, pray, and then let the cross take shape.
The photographs of the crosses, Heavenly Visions and the animals we have rescued and loved are the subjects of gift cards, fine prints and paintings. I'm also available for hire if you want a special photo of you fur child!
My you be blessed by the works of our hands as done unto Him.
Thank you so much for visiting our site. If you like, we would love to hear from you! Our contact information is below.
To purchase a copy of Becoming the Beloved, a book about The Bride of Christ and Her Beloved Bridegroom, visit http://www.shulamiteministries.org/
Live Your Life Loved,
'Come!' The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come'
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