Photo Attributions: Horses (two photos combined): Wendy Paige and Kersti Nebelseik "Jumper and Brandie Holloway"; Hummingbird: Andrew Michael Meador "Immature Red-Billed Streamertail (aka Doctor Bird)"
I started Healing Wings after finding a monarch butterfly near the back door of the office where I work. I used to pick up butterflies along the country roadside when I lived out on a farm in Shelby County, Indiana. During that time, I created a collage for my grandmother when she was sick using the wings that I had found. The collage focused on the biblical verse, "...But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap." Malachi 4:2. In many respects, I was still thinking about that verse and the idea of 'on earth as it is on heaven' that is stated in the Lord's Prayer as I created this collage. It took me nine months to complete.
Most of the photographs that I used in the collage were taken in Israel and on Dale Hollow Lake in Kentucky. I scanned the actual wings of the butterfly into the computer and enlarged them. I initially used the heavy black frames that are in the design of the wings as framework for stained glass windows. The inside of the wings were many colors before I settled on a night-time scene.