Title: Tryptich of Jesus’ Mission and Declaration in Luke 4:18-19

Safina Stewart was commissioned by TEAR Australia ( to create a set of gift cards. These gift cards are available from Tear’s Useful Gift Catelogue ( They are sold to fundraise for their Dhumba Indigenous aide and development projects.

“I love the heart and hands of TEAR Australia who fight global poverty with integrity, authenticity and justice” – Safina Stewart.

Click here to purchase these gift cards with Safina’s designs on them and support authentic Indigenous community development.

Dhumba Gathering
Dhumba River
Dhumba Trees

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Date: 2012


These tree paintings form a series of the Bible verses from Luke 4:18-19.

Title: Gathering

Luke 4:18a “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor.”

Here the central U print is Jesus speaking to a crowd of listeners in the Sermon on the Mount. His words of the BE-attitudes are inscribes onto the contours of the hillside.

Title: River

Luke 4:18b ”He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of the sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.”

In this image tears are spilling and blood is dripping into barbed wire as a symbolic reminder of sorrow, pain and bondage. The cleansing river of forgiveness flows with eyes that are opened to hope and truth. The vibrant water lilies represent new life and freedom through the process of restoration.

Title: Trees

Luke 4:19 “…to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

Silhouettes of human figures as dancing trees are rejoicing in the Year of Jubilee.  Both individuals and the community as the whole are being restored to health. The earth has been restored of all its abundance and beauty.