This paintings is about the encouragement of friends. One of the birds is in a tough spot, stuck on a seemingly impossible stack of rocks. The other bird comes along to encourage him to fly and spread his wings. This painting is a reminder of the power of the words aptly spoken by a friend we trust who loves us and comes along side us. What a gift. This piece is part of my "Hope on the Rocks" series about finding hope when we feel stuck.

- Mel Kistner

Spread Your Wings

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

24" h x 30" w x 1.5" d
2 lbs. 5 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.