This painting is about the process of letting go of the thoughts that hold us back from moving forward. "You Can Fly." This cardinal is perched on a seemingly impossible stack of rocks. He pauses, afraid to let go but then feels the hope that he can do all things through Christ if he lets go of his fears and begins to fly into the unknown. The background is layered with palette knife, washes and layers of paint that are painted then partially removed in order to represent the passage of time.

- Mel Kistner

You Can Fly

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on front

14" h x 11" 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.