Prayer Art by Jana Sandford
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About me

I have lived in Sheffield since 2004.  I split my time between the joy of being a Mum, an artist, a postgraduate student and working as a Teaching Assistant supporting the learning of children with learning disabilities and as a support worker with adults with learning disabilities.

After graduating from University in 1994, I worked as an Educational Psychologist with children with special needs and their families in Czech Republic. Later I lived and worked with adults with learning disabilities in L'Arche Communities in the UK and Canada. I really enjoyed participating in art and craft projects with people, encouraging their creativity as well as using my own creative skills.

In L'Arche, I was really inspired by the amazing creativity and artistic expression of people with learning disabilities. I was amazed how God’s love and creativity shone through their art and craft work and through their being, connecting to the deepest level of the heart. I was inspired and challenged to seek new ways to listen to God speaking through my drawings and paintings. I have been blessed by opportunities to share my prayer art during church services whilst living and working in l’Arche communities in the UK and Canada.

I use a variety of media and spend time exploring contemporary abstract art as well as having set up a business as self-employed artist. Recently, I have been exploring the combination of different media.

I use my art to express my feelings, thoughts and dreams, transforming my life and prayer experience into a wide variety of colours, shapes and textures. My paintings are an expression of my faith journey and my prayers. Painting and drawing prayers is a very special time for me of accepting God’s invitation, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

I sense God’s call through my art and through searching new ways to share my prayer paintings in church, challenging me to invite more people onto the path of exploring creativity in worship. I explored this call through participation in the Worship 4 Today course of Sheffield Diocese in 2010-2011 and I share more about this journey on my blog   I am so thankful to God for all the new openings and new opportunities to use the gift of creativity in worship. It’s not about me, it’s not about the perfection of a work of art, it’s about being with Him, standing before Him in praise and adoration and letting Him speak to me and through me, when He chooses to.




Way of the Cross, prayer stations

Wilderness, Wesley Methodist Hall, March-April 2011

Glory, The Workstation, Sheffield, May 2006

Exodus – Art from and Empty House, Ashbourne, Derby, May – June 2006

Art from the Heart, St.Thomas’ Church Centre, Crookes, Sheffield, August 2006

The Woodseats Festival, Sheffield, September 2006

The House exhibition, Calgary, Canada 2002