Lisa Sullivan

Artist bio

I am Lisa. I am a highly sensitive person. I feel things intensely. When it feels as though the world is going up in flames, on multiple levels, I go for a walk in nature to quiet my busy mind. I cross paths with heart rocks that remind me that love is all around if we able to remain present and aware. This was my first wood spirit. I believe that given the right environment all things can transform. This wood spirit expresses that we can "rise up out of the ashes" if we just continue to hold on to love as the destruction attempts to take hold around us. I have been teaching myself to carve cedar for 6 years now. I took up carving after I lost someone very close to me to illness. Carving is where I express my intense feelings in a healthy and productive way. My hope is that all who are hurting are connected with some form of art. Carving has taught me many things and is credited for healing the hurts in my heart whether they are personal or global.


"Out of the Ashes



Artist Statement

This wood spirit is carved out of a chunk of red cedar. The grain of the wood is absolutely beautiful as it reveals itself around the flames and face. This piece was my first attempt at a larger sculpture. Carving is a process of removing layer after layer to reveal the beauty underneath. Much is the case in our own lives as we transform through our own healing and beliefs. This sculpture was carved with chisels by hand to start and finished with a Dremel tool for the smaller definitions, and lastly sanded by hand to expose the beautiful grain. This piece took me 4 years to complete as I worked on it in the small spaces of time in between raising 2 young children.

How it fits into contest

I resonated with 1 Corinthians 16:23
"Watch. Stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong".

Whether it is the fires in the forest or the fires in the mind and heart, this piece speaks to standing fast in the faith of love, represented by the heart shaped rock in the center of the piece. The wood spirit appears calm and focused on holding the space for love as the flames surround it rise.


Lisa Sullivan - I was the only one who worked on this piece.

How to Purchase this Artwork

This is an original piece.

Price $1000
Purchase can be made by contacting me privately through
604-805-3103 or by email inquiry

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