Jeff Austin

Grace Like Rain
Digital output on hanging stretched canvas
24″ x 36″
Email: jlaustin@windstream.net

Artist Statement

I was inspired by the song “Grace Like Rain” by Todd Agnew to reflect its deep and yet simple and spiritual meaning to create this digital abstract art on canvas. The cloud and rain is created in Braille and English and serve as a metaphor, which represents seeing God’s grace and salvation (The raised Braille transforms and becomes English as our eyes are opened). The line of the song, “Was blind but now I see so clearly” is amplified to communicate this message. I created the raised Braille by using drops of Elmer’s glue in several layers. The best viewing to see the raised dots are at a 45 degree side angle. The wrinkled and contrasting shades of blue translate the darkness in life to God’s Glory of Light. The Grace rains on everyone from the fluffy lamb-like cloud(s), which is a representation of the Lamb of God, who died for our sins and washed away our stains.

 *The Braille system is a method that is widely used by people who are visually impaired to read and write, and was the first digital form of writing. To learn more about Braille, go to The Braille Institute of America.

Audio/video on YouTube

Lyrics

Grace Like Rain, by Todd Agnew

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see so clearly

Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, they’re washed away
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
Chorus
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing Your praise
Than when we first begun
Chorus
Chorus
Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujuah
Hallelujah all my stains are washed away, they’re washed away.

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