The Prevailing Heart by Leslie Gustafson

The Prevailing Heart

The Prevailing Heart…
Seeks out the soul’s greatest chance
To begin where no ground
Could ever have thought hope
However bold would stand and speak

The Prevailing Heart…
Knew of no one
Before an undiscovered dawn
When an unspeakable frost, glistening
Slid under verdant blades of grass

The Prevailing Heart…
Only echoed it’s spirit
Afraid of finding it’s end
In the dust of a power
It couldn’t define or conquer

The Prevailing Heart…
Once a seed
Became a torrent
Of rushing wind, of a river mighty
And took over the bright soul of one so young

The Prevailing Heart…
Won the jagged course
With the sword of a sweet spirit
A battle only imagined
Becoming real when it mattered most.
Doug Gustafson

11 × 14 Mixed Media (watercolor, pastels and metallic gold acrylic) on Fabriano paper

Finished translation of Christina Rodriguez’s digital piece, Self Portrait 06 – Fear and Anger for Sojie 13 in Solo Exhibition.

Thank you so much Christina for allowing me to translate such a personal piece. It has been an honor and privilege!

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Leslie Gustafson is a traditonal artist passionate about creating Art That Feels – an outgrowth of her work as a psychotherapist for the last 24 years. Working in all media, with a special interest in pastels, her art is both realistic and focused on expressing and prompting feeling. Rich color, Christian and Relational themes as well as Portraiture play a large role in her gallery here at RedBubble.

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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Lesie…….what lovely writing to go with this too. Fantastic Job !!

  • Thank you Sean!! I sure appreciate it:-) How are you doing?

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Samantha Aplin
    Samantha Aplinover 3 years ago

    Lovely work Leslie

  • Thank you Samantha!! It was nice to do this as it was quicker and more lively than the last translation.

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 3 years ago
  • Yay!! First time in your fine group – thank you!!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Christina Rodriguez
    Christina Rodr...over 3 years ago

    thank you Leslie…it’s so beautiful….. xoxo

  • Xoxo, thank you again!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Lana Wynne
    Lana Wynneover 3 years ago

    Leslie , I love your finished work. You made it positive and uplifting, a contrast to the digital original piece. How beautiful is that!

  • Thank you Lana!! A lovely comment:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Leslie!

  • Thank you Dianne!! My middle name is Dianne too:-) – not a common spelling – must mean we are creative! ;-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago


  • Thank you dear Liz!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosover 3 years ago

    Instant Fave. Beautiful art and portfolio,

  • Thank you John!! How lovely of you, and thank you for adding me to your watch list!! :-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • AsEyeSee
    AsEyeSeeover 3 years ago

    This is a really wonderful interpretation, Leslie! Great job, and Congratulations.

  • Thank you Jamie!!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackover 3 years ago

    It’s wonderful work Leslie….

  • Thank you Janis!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

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