The Art of Animals

December 16, 2009


By Ben DeVries of Not One Sparrow

[Ed. note: this article is part of our weekly series of reflections called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.]

Croatian artist Lidija Ivanek

Croatian artist Lidija Ivanek

This summer I bumped into the work of Croatian artist Lidija Ivanek, much of which has an animal subject. I noticed a compelling series of paintings on horses, and a few other pieces (some of them earlier work), which Lidija happily offered to share here on the blog. Lidija, who also goes by SiLa, wanted to pass along a brief introduction to her art as well:

Most artists my age can say, “I’ve been painting for 20 years now.”  But that’s not the case with me.  I actually worked as a veterinarian, DVM, for 13 years.  Then in 2007, the Lord told me to quit my job and begin to paint and take photographs. I’d never done either before, ever, except in school when I was much younger. Still, I obeyed, and this artwork is what I’ve come up with so far. I never had a professional education in art, only God as my teacher.  God bless.

Lidija’s art blog, SiLa Art, has at the top the words “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  That certainly sums up who Lidija is as a person, and the motivation behind her work. I hope you can check out more of it, including her stunning black & white photography portfolio “The Field Whisper,” and auction site to benefit Compassion International’s work with children in Uganda.

Croatian artist Lidija Ivanek

Croatian artist Lidija Ivanek


Many thanks to Lidija for sharing her heart and her work with us (all images courtesy & copyright Lidija Ivanek). By the way, the second photo features her dogs Kan and Casper. Don’t miss more of Lidija’s work in the slideshow to the right!

Ben DeVries is the founder of Not One Sparrow, which seeks to represent God’s concern for animals and the responsibility he’s given the church to care for them. This post was originally published on Not One Sparrow’s blog.

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Ben DeVries December 16, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Kendra, thanks so much for sharing this here at Flourish. Lidija and I are both honored very much by the crosspost, and thank you for taking such care in doing so – Ben

Maria Wiley December 17, 2009 at 4:59 am

Your work is brilliant Lidija! I am a big fan :-) Congratulations! well deserved!!

Jody Zilske December 17, 2009 at 11:27 am

What an amazing gift! Beautiful beyond words. Thank you for blessing us with your talent.

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