"Go And Sin No More" ORIGINAL
Artist: Hannah Butler
Oil on Canvas 30x40
John 8: "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her...
And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
This is a depiction of the woman caught in adultery through Christ's eyes. Although she feels the guilt and remorse from the act she has done, Christ sees her for the daughter of God that she is. He knows that her mistakes do not define her.
The woman is wearing a blue dress, which represents cleanliness. She holds tightly to a red cloth, because she knows that the Atonement, and Christ's sacrifice is the only thing that can make her clean again.
The stone wall behind her represents hope, and having a firm foundation in Christ.
The stones have been left around her in a circle, and the sky above her is dark and stormy. She is feeling the weight, and encirclement of sin, but the true symbolism of the stones circled around her is perfect love. Christ died for her, as well as all those accusers whom left the stones by her side. In the distance there is a beautiful bright light. He is the light of life.
I have learned so much as I have painted this painting. Many people ask why I chose to paint myself as the woman caught in adultery. I make mistakes every day. No matter what the sin is, big or small, Christ's invitation is always the same. He doesn't rank sin. He simply says go and sin no more. I'm grateful I have learned to hold tight to the Atonement.