Remember Whose You Are

olive chan —  December 24, 2012 — 5 Comments

“Always wear your invisible crown,” was a quote that caught my eye a while ago. I had seen it floating around Pinterest and I thought it would be a good reminder to hang up in our house. I liked the idea of having a visible prompt to remember my identity as a child of God.

This past week, I finally had the chance to sit down for an afternoon to put it onto a canvas. As I brainstormed how I would illustrate it, I thought I needed to add a little bit more to explain the source of the invisible crown. The statement on its own could be interpreted as egotistical perhaps, or fantastical and unrooted in reality. I decided to expand on the quote with, “You are a child of the King.” As I thought about where I would want to hang the painting, I decided the bathroom would be the best location. I wanted to put the painting there as a way to say, “Who do you see when you look in the mirror?”

I wanted to add another layer of interest to the piece so I made it a two part painting (also partly because of the size of canvases I had on hand) and wrote half of the text backwards so that it can be read when a person looks in the mirror. I positioned it so that when someone stands in front of the sink and washes their hands, they see a crown on their head. My hope is that it would serve as a reminder to our family and everyone who comes through our home of the dignity we carry simply because God says we matter.

As we celebrate Christmas Eve today, I share this painting as my gift to you. Remember who you are.

Remember Whose you are.


You are a child of the King, Always wear your invisible crown

Remember Whose You Are / Acrylic on Canvas / 20×16 (two) / Dec 2012 / by Olive Chan


The painting as seen in the mirror

The painting as seen in the mirror


To see more of Tim’s and my artwork, visit our virtual art gallery. If you’d like a personalized piece of artwork for your home or as a gift, I am available to do commissioned art.

[Update: After posting this, our friend Zana commissioned me to do this piece for her massage therapy clinic. Here she is with her finished piece:]

remember whose you are - zana


  • Jenny

    Thank you for reminding us whose we belong to and using your gift of painting to bless others :0). Merry Christmas

    • olivechan

      Thanks, Jenny. Glad I can share the joy.

  • Sue

    Love this!

    • olivechan

      Thanks, Sue!

  • Bev Murrill