Artist bio

Marcia Pyner is an illustrator and fine artist who loves to showcase God's handiwork with her artwork. An avid hiker, she takes photos along the way and comes back to her studio to bring many to life on the canvas. Marcia has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Illinois in Chicago, where she was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Teaching art at every level, Marcia was named to Who's Who among America's Teachers. As an illustrator, Marcia's clients have included The Williamsburg Foundation; The Washington Post; Ballantine, Zebra, Barbour, and Dell Books; Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich; Potpourri Designs, and Guideposts Magazine. Marcia Pyner's website is and her Facebook page is Marcia Pyner Illustration and Fine Art. Both sources include more about Marcia, her artwork, and her creative path. As she has told her students, "Dream, pray, and take a step"!


I Lift my Hands to Heaven



Artist Statement

This painting began as a photograph of my neighbor lifting her hands upward to her God. Coronavirus bacteria images, changed and redone, were another visual source. My goal is to glorify God by displaying His light shining in the darkness of our "real and present danger". "I cling to Him; and, He holds me fast" is the basic theme for the painting! My canon of work displays The Lord's immense presence in creation and daily life.

How it fits into contest

Ephesians 6:12 says that our struggle is against ...the dark world and the spiritual forces of evil. This present pandemic is certainly a plague that has caused much suffering and pain! Yet we, as believers, know that the darkness has not overcome the light! We have but to look to our Heavenly Father for guidance, direction, protection, and healing. No weapon formed against us will prosper.


My dear neighbor, Rachel Cuff, posed for this painting.

How to Purchase this Artwork

An original acrylic painting on canvas, unframed. The purchase price is $500.00 and I can be contacted at I live in the Charlotte, NC area.

Other Goods & Services Available from this Artist

I take illustration assignments as well as direct fine art commissions. Some of the artwork displayed on my website is available for sale.

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