The dove is often used to represent peace. In the Bible it is used to represent the Holy Spirit. This painting was inspired by both of those images and the peace that comes through the Holy Spirit. The blossoms on the branch are there to represent hope. The background is composed of layers of paint that are applied with a palette knife. In some places the paint is scraped off to reveal the layers beneath the surface. This is done to represent the passage of time and spiritual growth.

This painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished white edges. It comes varnished and ready to hang.

- Mel Kistner

Peace Has Come

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front

11" h x 14" w x 1.5" d
1 lbs. 0 oz.



Mel Kistner
Oviedo, Florida

Getting to Know Mel

Mel Kistner uses her experience in art therapy to create works with themes of redemption and hope. She recently completed a commissioned painting for a counseling center. She often paints birds to represent freedom, human emotions, and human responses to the world. Currently living in Orlando, she finds inspiration in a range of artists, from Frida Kahlo to Andrew Wyeth.