Brief Theology of Color

Creating is an immense act of faith and a deep connection to God, the ultimate Creator. As an artist, I give thanks every day that God created light and separated it from the darkness (Genesis 1:3-4) making color possible. “With four simple words, God uttered the brilliant potential of color into being.”1 What an amazing miracle! Color brings me great joy and I want to pass that joy on to you. “God manifested his goodness in color.”2 Our world reflects His extravagantly profuse love of creation through the infinite color variations and combinations of His original palette. Working with this same original palette of colors, I hope my paintings point you back to the Creator who joyfully created this earth and all creatures inhabiting it. It is in “pure delight” that the Spirit and I create these pastel paintings. I hope their joy and promise is contagious!

1  Kimberly Garza, “RGB, CMYK and Joy,” in It Was Good, Making Art to the Glory of God
   (Square Halo Books, 2nd edition, 2006), 188.
2  Kimberly Garza, “RGB, CMYK and Joy,” in It Was Good, Making Art to the Glory of God
    (Square Halo Books, 2nd edition, 2006), 189.

"There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice."
-John Calvin


"The visible world is actually colorless unless light is reflecting on it, which provides a trope for the notion that we are essentially colorless until we reflect the light of God."
-Karen Mulder


"Colour has me. That is the meaning of this happy hour. I and colour are one. I am a painter."
-Paul Klee


Of all of God's gifts to the sighted man, color is the holiest, the most divine, the most solemn."
-John Ruskin


"You painted because you caught glimpses of Heaven in the earthly landscape."
-C.S. Lewis


"When I get to heaven, I expect orange and vermillion will be the dullest of the celestial colors."
-Winston Churchill


"By means of all created things, without exception, the divine assails us, penetrates us, and molds us. We imagine it as distant and inaccessible, whereas in fact we live steeped in its burning layers."
-Teilhard de Chardin