We are the Ekanayake family: Dilip, Naiomy, Jason, Daniel and Hosanna. Our family is not perfect, but in our imperfection, God has created something beautiful for His glory. We have seen God's goodness and mercy in every chapter of our lives, and we wish to share testimonies of His faithfulness through creative arts.
My name is Daniel Ekanayake. I am 13 years old and I am an artist. I love painting, playing musical instruments, and creating crafts. I first started painting in March 2020 when I attended a painting class taught by the Arts and Skills Ministry of The Lakeside Church. At the beginning of my painting journey, my mother Naiomy used to help me - but now I have more confidence and I independently choose the colors to create each art piece.
So far I have created more than 400 paintings - most of them scripture-based. I donate most of my painting to friends and family all over the world (Rome, UK, Sri Lanka, the UAE and more). I have received a lot of positive feedback from the recipients of my paintings; they are encouraged by the scriptures included in all my art. To further share the good news of the Gospel with the world, I have social media channels that allow me to reach more people. I have a Facebook page, an Instagram account, and a YouTube channel where I teach others how to paint.
I am happy to also announce that I won first place in the 2020 Easter Seal art contest in the age 11-14 category, and so excited that at the end of 2020, I published my first Scripture Painting Book and Calendar which is now available for sale. I am now also offering mugs for sale with Folkart paint that have a personal touch or scripture verse. I thank God for giving me this talent, and I want to grow more and use my talents to glorify God.
My name is Naiomy Ekanayake. I am a wife, a mother, and a woman who loves Jesus. In March of 2020, my son Daniel and I joined an Art Class offered by my church, The Lakeside Church. It was then that I felt led of the Holy Spirit to start a ministry to get the good news of Jesus Christ to the world through creative arts, worship, and daily devotionals. To-date I have created 500+ YouTube videos of encouragement from the word of God, and have completed 50+ pieces of art.
I enjoy painting as it offers me joy, calmness (me time), and a sense of accomplishment when I use God’s talents to encourage others. The pieces I enjoy painting the most are of women: their expressions, their dresses, and their hairstyles which I augment with flowers and shapes. I was honored when one of my paintings of a woman with multi-coloured hair was used as a book cover on Nicole Georges-Bennett's book: Through Their Eyes. I am still new at painting and hope to learn and grow in this talent God has given me. We as a family want to Praise God for all He has done and all He will do through our lives.
On a more personal level, I have many testimonies of God's faithfulness in my marriage, my rocky start to motherhood, and the struggles of raising two children with autism. I have journaled these testimonies in blogs that can be found on the 'testimonies' page of this website.