ALISON THISTLETHWAITE ©david and ali thistlethwaite 2013 Studio selection 2007 - 2013 further works

Entering His Rest 2013

Acrylic  on canvas 80 x 70cm

Entering ‘God’s rest’ does not mean having less energy. The New Testament tells us that it means resting from our own (burdensome) way of doing things. God’s rest means that he has finished doing everything we need. When God’s energy comes, it is uplifting. This picture expresses the big strides and dynamic movement that happens when you feel really free.

Forgiveness 2007-9

Acrylic on canvas 33 x 24 ins (84 x 60)

This painting started as ‘white wedding’: it’s obviously not so

white now and that is the essence of its story. After the stillness

of the white, pain comes to the surface, as it often does in mar-

riage. But in some way it links with Jesus’ pain, and he gets in-

volved, and the married couple find they are not alone. The

energy in this painting represents the determination to fight

through to the place of forgiveness from which love can be

renewed and flow.

Exhibited York Minster,  Worcester and Bradford Cathedrals.

The Pledge January - October 2009

Acrylic on canvas, 63 x 79 ins, (160 x 200 cm)

A picture with a journey, that began as a painting about love, passion and commitment and then came to describe the breaking up and tearing-apart of love and of the good things people put their hopes into. But in this fracturing of society and relationship, there is a pathway of hope. ‘I felt, along with the Forgiveness picture, that Jesus died for just such a mess as society is in right now. This mess is what He came to step down into’.

Ashes to Roses 2012

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches

At Easter time we witness, through the gospels, the extraordinary sight of Jesus, having passed via appalling suffering through the gateway of death, showing his wounds to his disciples. In showing his wounds, he was showing what he had accomplished. There is no looking back to the misery of it all. There is only the peaceful joy of what his pain had won.  The Resurrection appearances of Christ do not just carry a sense of peace after trauma, but of trauma having been worked into something good.

Suffering cannot be un-had or wished-away, but through the touch of Jesus it can become a place where we receive love,  and desolation becomes something quite different: a platform for life and growth.

Peace in Hope

Acrylic on canvas

36 x 30 ins 91 x 76 x 3.8cm

Jesus told his disciples ‘in the world you will have troubles’. He also said ‘Peace be with you’.

The peace we look for in normal life is an absence of trouble. But the peace Christ gives rests on something beyond earthly trouble. Hope makes present that which we are promised but do not yet see, and it is something to live in.

The ‘greenness’ of this painting expresses the fact that hope is not something static, but living, and always renewed.

For Everyone


Acrylic on canvas 31½ x 27½ ins (80 x 70 cm)

There is not a person on earth, past present or future, that the Cross of Christ is not intended for, and this includes those who hate Jesus, or do not much care for him.  Nor does it matter which people-group I belong to, because God sees me as an individual. This painting is about the realisation that he understands me through and through, and has a very particular vision for me. In his love I grow more ‘me’.

Exhibited Bradford Cathedral 2012