Stretched Out Still

By Chad Winks


In times when darkness consumes your soul
And you ache for your heavy heart to heal
Remember the hand that conquered death and hell
Is the hand that’s stretched out still

One of my most popular paintings is also one of my personal favorites. In so many ways, Christ’s hand breaks through the darkness and invites us to take it, and the wound proves there is  nothing that Jesus can’t pull us through. 

About Chad Winks

In my earliest memories, I recall wanting to capture the world I experienced on paper. With crayons and pencils, I would recreate what I saw around me. As I got older, I wanted my art to capture how I felt about my experiences, and recently it embraced the faith that is central to my life.  Raised in Idaho, there was little to do but draw, so I drew and painted, won competitions and excelled in the field of art. When I was a thug teenager I had some struggles that caused me to rub shoulders with the dark side, but when I was 20 years old, with the support of loving parents and missionaries, I gained faith in Christ and it changed my life. This is what I love to express. For me, my paintings are my testimony and I am honored to share them with the world.   I am married to my beautiful wife Jennifer and have two kids with her, 10 years apart. We travel the USA full-time in an RV. My profession is centered on User Experience and User Interface design, but I am excited to finally kick myself in the pants and add my paintings to my life’s contribution.