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For the past few years, a Catholic missionary organization has commissioned me to paint a version of the Nativity for their annual Christmas appeal.  Due to the length of time it takes to paint, design, print and put together the materials in order to send the stuff out in time to get a good response, the painting actually has to take place in the middle of the summer.  Which, if you live in southern California like I do, is the least inspirational time to think about Christmas.
However, this organization gives me some guidance and I do some research (both re-reading the scripture and looking at various depictions of the nativity) and I am generally pleased with the result that happens.

For this year’s appeal, the organization wanted a colorful, close-up depiction of the nativity with animals.  I looked around at various depictions and saw that it’s very common to have baby Jesus facing the viewer.  I was thinking about it, and I thought a much more intimate depiction would be if Jesus was facing his parents.  I also hoped that the different perspective would help the viewer to remember the amazing point: God chose to be incarnate in this world not in a grown, powerful man, but in a helpless baby.

Thinking year after year about the Nativity and finding new and interesting ways to depict it is definitely challenging.  How on earth can you do this year after year and still keep people on their toes, inspirationally-speaking?  I try my best and am honored that this organization thinks that I do a good job, year after year!

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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