In my office hangs a print of the painting “In His Image” by William Zdinak. The painting is a collection of faces, when viewed together make up the head and shoulders of Christ. The story behind the painting is inspiring. Here is the short version:
After the turbulent years of the 1960′s artist William Zdinak, like all of us, had much to think about. He longed to put some of his own ideas into a painting with a religious theme- and, by his own admission, kept failing. But he is not one to give up easily and is blessed with great physical stamina as well as unpretentious religious faith.
Struck by the sudden vision of all mankind within the body of Christ, he began to paint with utmost concentration. Fifteen hours of unbroken painting- utilizing hastily gathered scrap photos as the basis for depicting individuals- resulted in the inspired “In His Image.” There were no preliminary sketches or plans. (The artist’s sense of color and composition have long been trained by the competitive disciplines of commercial art and the high standards of fine arts exhibits where his paintings have won acclaim, including the World’s Fair of 1963).
In the artist’s words: “It really doesn’t matter which persons are depicted. We are ‘all one in Christ’ as St. Paul has told us. Hurting one, we hurt all; helping one, we help all. That is the idea behind ‘In His Image.’”
(For a more extensive story behind the painting you can go to www.printsforinspiration.com/story.html.)
My purpose in sharing this painting and story with you is to remind all of us, in the month we celebrate “love,” we are all “One” in Christ, and as such we need to love, care and respect one another as Christ would.
In His Service,