being a time of peace, goodwill and joy, Christmas generates a lot of
controversy, not the least of which is the variance between out-of-control
materialism and the event, Christ's birth on earth, that a number of people
always intrigued us that Easter, which celebrates the arguably more impressive
resurrection of Christ, is generally observed quietly, with little controversy
because there is less pressure to buy, buy, buy electronics and toys and
clothes and DVDs and stuff. What is odd, however, is that despite this freedom
from materialism, many within religious households make less of the day than
they do Christmas.
does not have to be an us versus them thing, and indeed, as a cultural holiday,
embraces many within the celebration. Santa does not have to be an evil,
distracting influence, as some accuse him of being and when he is separated
from the glutted sense of marketing and frenzied attitude toward shopping
his message is a good one: he gives gifts. He loves children. He recognizes the
child that lives within the adult. He rejoices in the lights, the music, the
frost on the windowpane, the cookies, the warmth of friends and family
elements all fit into the spirit of the original Christmas story, and in the
painting, These Gifts Are Better Than Toys, Santa
focuses on painting, with infinite care and respect, figurines from the
Nativity story. Though the figurines are smaller than Santa, what they represent
is greater, and it is clear that Santa though he is great and jolly and good
is subservient to One who is greater, and kinder, and better.
purchaser of the original painting commented, "Santa has kind eyes,"
and that observation speaks volumes. In a society that literally worships
making money, and advancing up the ladder, and exhibiting cunning and
craftiness as a means to achieve "success," kindness is a virtue that
does not simply cannot go out of style. If one cannot grasp the sheer
goodness of God, and His kindness toward the human beings He has created, then
Santa provides an example that the youngest child dwelling deep within even
the most cynical adult can understand: Santa does not give lumps of coal,
even to the naughtiest child.
This is a frequent question from clients and lovers of Steve's art, and we are excited to say, "Yes! And the number keeps increasing."
Just recently, we have completed and uploaded a web page listing out the various online retail stores where Steve's work may be found, and you can access it on the Steve Henderson Fine Art website by clicking on, Steve's Art in Stores, in the left-hand menu bar. Links on the images, as well as on the text below, will take you to Steve's page on the specific retail site.
Tea by the Sea
Tea by the Sea, an original oil painting on canvas, 16 x 20, is now in the home of a happy collector, who informed us that she has a freshly painted wall ready to receive a beautiful piece of art.
Steve has always enjoyed images that reflect the ocean, and combining sea shells with tea accoutrements in a still life setting brings across a sense of celebration, joy, peace and happiness.
This next year, consider making a Steve Henderson original fine art painting part of your home and life. We are delighted to answer any questions about Steve's works, and we will work with you to make the purchasing experience seamlessly delightful.