The Rev. Nancy Mills
With this landscape painting Mills tries
to illustrate the presence of the
Kingdom of God with us now. She used
gold leaf as a symbol of the Kingdom of
God the same way gold leaf is used as a
symbol of the Kingdom on halos or icons,
and for the background of medieval
altarpieces. In using this symbolism in
a landscape painting, she illustrates
the presence of the Kingdom of God all
around us. As Mills writes, "If we could
see it, this is what it might look like.
As it is, we can just glimpse the
Kingdom of God around the edges of
things. But usually, we don't see the
forest for the trees."
This painting illustrates the Kingdom of
God as the forest, and here the artist
has put the Kingdom in with the trees.
Mills adds, "What I'm trying to say in
the painting is, if we pay attention, if
we listen up, the glory of the Kingdom
of God with us will explode what we too
easily see as, and all too easily think
One of the Epiphany hymns, #125, The
Hymnal 1982, suits the sense of this
painting well. Especially v .1,
The people who in darkness walked
have seen a glorious light,
on them broke forth the heavenly dawn
who dwelt in death and night.
The Rev. Nancy Mills attended the Moore
College of Art for Women and the
Philadelphia Museum College of Art, now
called the University of the Arts, with
painting as her major study. After
moving to the South, she exhibited
nationally and internationally and has
had gallery representation in Atlanta,
New Orleans, and Baton Rouge among other
cities. Her work hangs in public,
corporate and private Museums along with
pieces in Community Arts collections.
After pursuing a career as an artist,
she answered a call to the priesthood
and is now serving in two parishes in
the Diocese of Georgia. Her studio is
located in the Vicarage of The Church of
the Good Shepherd in Thomasville,
Georgia. She is now engaged with
intentionally integrating her art work
more fully into parish ministry.
Recently she used one of her paintings
to illustrate a point in the sermon for
the first time.
The Rev. Nancy Mills
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church