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Winter Greetings – The Christmas Cardinal

The Christmas Cardinal; 8 x 8 in., Acrylic on Canvas


During the Christmas season it is hard not to reminisce on old fashion memories of holidays gone by. I often find myself transported back to memories of childhood focused on many of our family traditions rather than on the presents I received from relatives and our parents.


As I get older I just don’t surround myself with “things”. Family is such more of an important aspect in my life. I tend to focus on the gatherings we all had and the family members that are no longer with us. As a child I always thought all the grown ups were invincible. Any of them passing away  never occur to me. Over the years I have lost so many people I have dearly loved. Oh the conversations I could have now if they were only alive. I always have these memories flood me during the holidays. As I have gotten older time has never been so more important as we are only on this earth for a short period.

This Christmas I painted a special painting for my Mom, The Christmas Cardinal. My father past away during the holiday season. On his anniversary of his death I always see a Cardinal outside my kitchen window. This painting is a tribute to him. I love my mom so much and wanted to give her this gift as my Christmas present. The red cardinal is so special and deep in biblical meaning. May this Christmas Cardinal bring her comfort in her times of trouble and thought.

Dad holding me.1984
My Father holding me for the first time, Roper Hospital, Charleston, South Carolina 1983


Merry Christmas everyone and

may you have a blessed New Year!

Red Cardinal Bible Verse

My name is Tim Ellmers and I love to paint in a wide variety of mediums. All the artwork you will see on my site is done by me. I post items I am currently working on regularly when the time allows. Please join me on my personal journey for artistic growth. Free free to send me an email inquiring about my work or to ask questions. Cheers, and thank you for visiting!

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