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Dianne Fletcher Pastor, painter

LIFE STORY

By KIMBERLEY HIBBERT

Monday, July 21, 2014    

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WHEN she's not on the pulpit delivering God's word, Pastor Dianne Fletcher will most likely be at home or somewhere comfortable painting.

It's what relaxes her, and her office and home are decorated with a number of her paintings, which have also been making the rounds on the exhibition scene.

"I'm really inspired. I love flowers, still life, and so I keep doing those. I've tried people but I don't like that; I tend to go for what I like," she tells All Woman.

The former Wolmer's girl says her love for art dates back to her time in high school when she did it as part of the school's curriculum.

But she stopped doing art when it was time to matriculate to fourth and fifth form, mainly because of the perception that art was not for those who sought financial gain.

However, decades later, in 2004, she rediscovered painting as a passion.

"Probably 40 years of my life I never gave it a second thought until my sister from the States visited the island for a family vacation and she came with a lot of paintbrushes and we just painted every day."

After the rediscovery, Fletcher, who is self-taught, decided to host her first exhibition that same year, which for her was a major success and caused her husband Franz to "eat his words".

"He doubted that anyone would buy the pieces, but I carried 30 to the exhibition and returned with seven. I didn't know anyone would buy them but I kept declaring by faith that I was going to have an exhibition by the end of the year, and there's power in the spoken word because I did have it, and I did sell," she laughs.

From the success garnered from the first exhibition, Fletcher was able to host others, which were all successful.

She has done 100 paintings, and credits her artistic style to the Most High.

"I would say I was self-taught with the Holy Spirit," she explains. "He's the best teacher; He tells me what colours to combine and what brushes to use. I will not do a piece I don't like and I'm grateful to the Lord as He is the one doing this through me."

But while her hobby has its perks, Fletcher says the Lord's work is more important than anything else.

Fletcher is associate pastor of Church on the Rock in Kingston along with her husband, and she, among other things, helps women to rebuild the foundation of their lives, preaching the gospel and doing marital counselling.

"I do deliverance ministry through my Victorious and Complete Life Ministries International where I also do counselling and encourage persons to find happiness in Christ and not look for it elsewhere," she says.

The mother of three heads several vibrant ministries in the church. She is the author of the book, The Victorious and Complete Woman, which speaks of a miraculous and supernatural healing that took place in her broken marriage in 1985.

"There are a lot of unhappy people around, and through this ministry I want to lead them to the pathway of Jesus where their whole life is victorious and complete. I love to paint, but to see someone be freed gives me joy just the same."

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