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Find Rest, O my Soul

Painted Self-Portrait
A self-portrait inspired by Psalm 62:5 and Matthew 11:28-30. It is a reflection on what it means to rest in Christ. The calm, sky blue, splattered from the background to the face and the specks of red and purple speak to the profound mystery of this spiritual rest.

Meditations on the Psalms

6 Self-Portraits
Completed over a series of weeks, this series reflects on various passages in the Psalms, which speak to all aspects of the human experience, both highs and lows. For each one, I meditated on a particular set of verses and let them inform my selected pose and intuitive application of the paint.

Jeremiah(n.), ירמיהו - "raised up by the LORD"

Portrait of Jeremiah
The Hebrew text in the painting comes from various passages in the book of Jeremiah. From the top down: " I appointed you"(Jeremiah 1:5), "Sing to the LORD" (Jeremiah 20:13) and "and a hope"(Jeremiah 29:11). Jeremiah the prophet had a difficult task to speak God's Word to a people who didn't want to hear it. When God first called him, he did not feel adequate(Jeremiah 1:6). But God promised to be with him and rescue him (Jeremiah 1:8,19).

Rachel Ann (n.), רחל חנה - "beautiful grace"

Portrait of Rachel
Rachel is my best friend, and a strong woman of faith. For her portrait, I took inspiration from her first and middle names: Rachel and Ann. In Hebrew, Rachel means "ewe," but for the purposes of our modern understanding, I've chosen the descriptor "beautiful" for the definition of her name, as this describes the Biblical Rachel (Genesis 29:17), wife and love of the patriarch Jacob and mother of Joseph and Benjamin. The English name Ann derives from the Hebrew name Hannah, meaning "grace".

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About Charlotte

Howard County

Charlotte Mann's picture
Charlotte Mann was born in Columbia, MD in 1996. In May 2018, she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Studio Art(Honors, Advanced Specialization in Painting) and Art History from the University of Maryland College Park.  She was a member of the UMD Art Honors Program for the 2017-2018 school year and completed her thesis work, entitled, “A Would-be Perfectionist’s Pursuit of Joy Through Faith and Painting,” in Spring 2018. Four of her recent works were published in Sink Hollow... more

Art Honors Thesis: A Would-be Perfectionist’s Pursuit of Joy through Faith and Painting

From my Art Honors Thesis(Spring 2018):

Being a quiet, introverted person, I often feel an imaginary barrier between myself and other people. While I desire to connect with others and share a piece of myself with them, this simple human need often goes unfulfilled. Perhaps this explains my need for creative expression through art. In this expressive act, painting is an outpouring of my soul. As the brush flicks in my hand and paint oozes out onto the canvas, so I pour myself out as an offering of thanks to God, praising Him for the gifts He has given me. Where I have difficulty connecting with others, painting gives me an avenue to express myself and share who I am in the truest, most authentic way I know. My work is an introvert’s look into self. I can share with others what’s inside, and by addressing personal experiences, I can open a forum for others to be honest about their own experiences, whether similar or different. I want to show not only what is on the surface, but also what is beneath, what is unseen, and perhaps let the viewer contemplate this side of themselves. Hence, I use a somewhat abstract, reactionary process in terms of color, texture, and stroke to communicate feeling and emotion in my work. Self-portraiture and abstract painting processes allow me to express and communicate these truths, to share my personal testimony of the spiritual realities of my life in Christ amidst varied emotions, and the highs and lows of daily life.

  • Find Rest, O my Soul

    Painted Self-Portrait
    A self-portrait inspired by Psalm 62:5 and Matthew 11:28-30. It is a reflection on what it means to rest in Christ. The calm, sky blue, splattered from the background to the face and the specks of red and purple speak to the profound mystery of this spiritual rest.
  • Meditations on the Psalms

    6 Self-Portraits
    Completed over a series of weeks, this series reflects on various passages in the Psalms, which speak to all aspects of the human experience, both highs and lows. For each one, I meditated on a particular set of verses and let them inform my selected pose and intuitive application of the paint.
  • Lift My Eyes

    Double self-portrait
    A personal meditation on Psalm 121: 1-2: "I lift up my eyes to the hills--where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." In this double self-portrait, one face looks upward, while the other bows down in prayer, reflecting duality in a spiritual moment.
  • Resurrection

    Full-Figure and Portrait
    An expression of the resurrection of my soul in Christ.

Biblical Names Portrait Series

I've started a new portrait series linking people with Biblical names to their historical counterparts, based on careful study.

  • Jeremiah(n.), ירמיהו - "raised up by the LORD"

    Portrait of Jeremiah
    The Hebrew text in the painting comes from various passages in the book of Jeremiah. From the top down: " I appointed you"(Jeremiah 1:5), "Sing to the LORD" (Jeremiah 20:13) and "and a hope"(Jeremiah 29:11). Jeremiah the prophet had a difficult task to speak God's Word to a people who didn't want to hear it. When God first called him, he did not feel adequate(Jeremiah 1:6). But God promised to be with him and rescue him (Jeremiah 1:8,19).
  • Rachel Ann (n.), רחל חנה - "beautiful grace"

    Portrait of Rachel
    Rachel is my best friend, and a strong woman of faith. For her portrait, I took inspiration from her first and middle names: Rachel and Ann. In Hebrew, Rachel means "ewe," but for the purposes of our modern understanding, I've chosen the descriptor "beautiful" for the definition of her name, as this describes the Biblical Rachel (Genesis 29:17), wife and love of the patriarch Jacob and mother of Joseph and Benjamin. The English name Ann derives from the Hebrew name Hannah, meaning "grace".