Artist bio

Michelle Vandyk has been passionate about light, shadows, colours, and the relationships between God and man and our co-creation for as long as she can remember. Her mixed-media art reflects her belief that life is layered, textured, relational and meaningful. Many years ago Michelle received her BFA from Calvin University. After 16 years of teaching Middle and High School Art, she is adding a new dimension to her art practice by studying Art Therapy. Blessed to share her passion for many forms of visual art Michelle teaches adult/teen workshops, volunteers, and facilitates visual expression and healing through art. She strives to follow God’s leading in her life, but fails regularly. Jesus’ mercy and grace is what sustains her through life’s ups and downs. Professionally Michelle exhibits her art regularly and her work is found in art collections in Europe, North America and Japan. An intern at her church, Michelle is excited to be creating and facilitating art as worship this year. She is a member of CIVA, the Federation of Canadian Artists, and the BC Art Therapy Association.


The Sword of the Spirit



Artist Statement

Oil paint, gold leaf, needle, ribbon on cradled wood panel.

How it fits into contest

The Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, is our only offensive weapon in our spiritual armour according to Ephesians 6:17. The Word of God is Jesus Christ. It is only through him that we have any hope to stand against evil.

In this painting the needle (surrounded by light) represents the Sword of the Spirit, which is Jesus Christ. It is only through his blood (red), that covers us (the string), that we can be brought out of the darkness and into his light. He lovingly takes us up from the messy heap of our lives, and weaves us into his story, so we become one with him (pattern). We only see fragments of the story, but, as the author says in the poem, The Weaver, He (Jesus) sees the ‘upper side’. He redeems us through his blood so we become new creations in him. It is only by God’s mercy and grace that we have been saved through Jesus Christ. He, (who is Commander of Heaven’s Armies), alone fights our battles against the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. We will have trouble in this world, but if we pray in the Spirit and arm ourselves in the Word of God, we will stand strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.


Michelle Vandyk

How to Purchase this Artwork

This is an original work of art (oil painting on cradled wood panel). It is not for sale at the moment, but high quality signed prints on paper or canvas in a variety of sizes are available upon request. Please email me at:

Other Goods & Services Available from this Artist

Services: visual art workshops (painting, printmaking, journaling, etc) , art therapy (Fall, 2020)
Art for sale- encaustic paintings, oil paintings, mixed-media art, prints and cards. Look out for my new Etsy shop- michellevandykart opening soon!

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