A pencil illustration of a dove in flight, art gallery display.
The symbols of what we all desire – Peace





PEACE – What we all desire


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PEACE – Rest from conflict with the Prince of Peace Peace dove pencil illustration
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To fulfill a dream
The symbol
We all desire


The white dove is a universal symbol of peace. Peace is more than an absence of war.  Heaven’s lasting peace enters the heart of a person who humbles themselves before God. True peace is God’s gift – the reward for humility.

I studied the doves’ character for this illustration. The study led me to discover it is tender, timid, and gentle. The dove is purposeful, creative, minds its own business, playful among its kind, and gets on with its function by avoiding conflict.

The first use of a symbol originated representing romance from Greek mythology. The small, white bird was associated with Aphrodite, the mythical goddess of love. Peace dove pencil illustration

Doves appear in the symbolism of Judaism, Christianity, and Paganism, and of both military and pacifist groups. The white dove with an olive branch, stained glass window in the Denis and Saint Sebastian church in Kruft, Germany.

North American Indians used it in their poetry. “A Spirit called the Manito always watches over the Indians. He is glad when they are brave. If they are cowardly, he is angry”. He views non-aggression as a timid negative as opposed to the bravery of individuals and will not tolerate it.

Jesus and the Holy Spirit

All four accounts of Jesus’ life refer to the baptism of Jesus by John at the Jordan River (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32). Luke says, “And the Holy Spirit came down in bodily a shape, like a dove on Him.” The Holy Spirit is a spirit, He is not visible to mankind and the dove is what God chose to identify Him on earth. Heaven acknowledged Jesus with favor as John testified to see the dove of heaven. Peace and favor are the nature of Heaven’s Kingdom functioning on earth. Peace dove pencil illustration

Noah’s Ark story singled out the dove and an olive branch. The Dove and olive branch were used symbolically by early Christians and then eventually became a worldwide peace symbol, popularized by Pablo Picasso after World War 2.

Math 10:6, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep amid wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

Peace and pacifism in politics

Doves are often associated with the concept of peace and pacifism. They often appear in political cartoons, on banners and signs at events promoting peace (such as the Olympic Games, at various anti-war/anti-violence protests, etc.), and in pacifist literature. A person who is a pacifist is sometimes called a Dove (similarly, in American politics, a person who advocates the use of military resources as opposed to diplomacy can be referred to as a Hawk). Picasso’s lithograph, La Colombe (The Dove), a traditional, realistic picture of a pigeon, without an olive branch, was chosen as the emblem for the World Peace Congress in Paris in April 1949.


The dove represents romance in Greek mythology associating the small, white bird with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Aphrodite’s equivalent in Roman Mythology is Venus. Regular sights in paintings of Venus have Doves fluttering around her or resting on her hands. Doves also represent monogamy and loyalty in relationships nice qualities for a Valentine’s date. Doves tend to stay with the same partner during mating season.

Male doves help their female partners incubate and care for their young. This helps their reputation as devoted, loving birds. Their reputation as symbols of love is so strong that many love potion recipes popular during medieval times required the heart of a dove.


This is a chiaroscuro pencil illustration on fine art archival acid-free paper. Chiaroscuro (Italian for light-dark) in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. The sensitive challenge to control the pencil leads to a mid-tone perfection with a sensitive feel for flight and shape was my goal.



6b and 4b lead pencil on archival, acid-free watercolor paper framed on acid-free photo mount board.
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Unframed sizes | 850 x short side – $850  |  550 x short side – $550
Printed on long-life archival canvas and protected with two coats of UV archival spray.
* Stretch-mounted reproductions will incur added charges for mounting and freight.

Unframed sizes | 594 x short side – $120 |  420 x short side – $92
* Posters printed on fine art papers and treated with two coats of UV archival spray.


Images from “Peace – Rest from Conflict “ will be exhibited on multiple product lines at Fine Art America

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