Artist Reveal: Beauty from Ashes

 "Ashes to Beauty" By: Abigail Onley

"Ashes to Beauty" By: Abigail Onley

The Year of the Lord’s Favor
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
— Isaiah 61:1-3New International Version (NIV)

Let me start off by saying this is the resounding anthem of any Freedom fighter who seeks Christ’s kingdom. 

You may not see me marching on the streets, although that could definitely happen some day, but you will see me standing at my easel with my paintbrush in my hand.  My heart and prayer over the last decade of my life has been to use the gift of art to the glory of God and the blessing of people. 

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Crystal, our husbands, and I, got to dreaming one night after dinner and coffee.  Our dream was to take our gifts and passions and put them into motion. We both have a passion for justice and a responsibility to fight on behalf of the oppressed. My art is only one tool in the toolbox of ways we connect people to the global injustice of modern slavery, but the important thing is that it’s my tool, and I am putting it to use. 

As I looked for inspiration for this particular piece of art, I spent time thinking about the phrase, “ashes to beauty.” What does that look like? For boys and girls, men and women, in slavery, I hope it means they gain freedom and restoration for all that they have lost and suffered. 

 What I really wanted to communicate through this painting was that our dross can and will be turned to gold by the love of God. 

There is a perfect quote from Matt De La Peña’s book, Last Stop on Market Street, that puts words to the painting, “Sometimes when you are surrounded by dirt…you’re a better witness for what’s beautiful.”

As an artist and collaborator with All of Us Matter, it was very important to Crystal, and to me to bring a visual reminder to you all that Isaiah 61 is what this mission is about: Hope, transformation, and beauty.  

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I wanted to represent the marginalized and passed over. I wanted to take something that would be mundane and common like dumping a bucket full of ash from a cooking fire and turn it into something beautiful, and the beauty is; He can turn something common into the uncommon, and bring richness to a dead life.

This painting is really very simple. It’s the promise of God to everyone. He promises to transform our grey into gold.


  Ashes to Beauty  By: Abigail Onley   Don't miss your opportunity to own this one of a kind Freedom Art piece. This is the exclusive painting that served as the inspiration for our India Line of cups that was released in 2017.  We really hope this work of art adds beauty to your home while also inspiring you to be a voice for the voiceless. This is an original painting, so if you absolutely love it, don't miss your opportunity to own it. Once it is sold, it will be gone forever.

Ashes to Beauty By: Abigail Onley 

Don't miss your opportunity to own this one of a kind Freedom Art piece. This is the exclusive painting that served as the inspiration for our India Line of cups that was released in 2017.

We really hope this work of art adds beauty to your home while also inspiring you to be a voice for the voiceless. This is an original painting, so if you absolutely love it, don't miss your opportunity to own it. Once it is sold, it will be gone forever.