One of the practices which I have developed is carrying my sketchbook wherever I go, as a way to reflect on and respond to things I hear. One of my favorite times is during the Sunday morning worship time. I did this sketch in response to a series of messages our pastor brought, entitled “Deeply Rooted”.
When I went to Hungary in 2011, on my first trip with OM Arts, the first thing our team did there was to spend a couple of days in prayer, walking around the city, trying to sense for what God was saying to the people of Baja. After spending that time together, the sense which grew […]
Seven years ago, God called Sue and me to pull up our roots here in the Rochester area and move 1,000 miles to the south to work with Operation Mobilization in the USA headquarters. At that time, I had been working for over 30 years in IT and Software Development. My role at the OM […]
Convergence — to bring two or more entities closer together; to bring disparate pieces together in order to form a whole. I recently spent a week at the “SALT” conference in Belgium, put on by OM Arts Intl. As the leadership team spent time praying together before the start of the conference, we began to […]
Over the past couple of months, I have been working my way through the process of transforming my sense of identity from the “computer geek who happens to be good at art” to, “the artists who still does some computer stuff.” I’ve actually been walking this journey for several years now, but things were suddenly […]
… the motion feeling might be because I kind of visualized her in my head during the movement of leaning forward to her knees, while sliding her hand down her legs, with a calm sigh. I don’t know, that’s just how I felt the sculpt, which is really amazing, because giving movement to a still figure like this is always so hard.
This piece started out in a masters class by Kirsten Stingle, on doing faces and hands. I’ve always loved doing hands, but this class gave me several more techniques in creating accurate and expressive sculptures. As I continued working on the piece, it began to focus more and more on the topic of human trafficking […]
As I’ve stepped into this time of transition, I’ve been looking for a suitable metaphor to carry with it the feelings I’ve been experiencing as I try to navigate the changes that have been suddenly, and without warning, dumped on my head. …
Our pastor, Gary Franklin, has been going through a series called, Jesus- Unpredictable and Untamable, based on the Gospel of Mark. This past Sunday, he went over the story in Mark 11 of Jesus cleansing the temple the day after the Triumphal Entry. Almost as a side thought, Mark tells of Jesus going up to […]
What does it mean to “be present”, to pay attention to the world, especially to the people around you?
The butterfly has long been a symbol of transformation, beauty, freedom and grace. In particular, it speaks of a transformation at the deepest level — not just a change in outlook, or a vague “hopefulness” that, “things will get better somehow”, but being fundamentally different.
Hope only exists in the presence of fear, uncertainty or despair. A muscle is only strengthened when it is working against some opposing force, so Hope becomes the place where we go to when we are threatened. The threat need not be huge or catastrophic, but it must be something that forces us to pause, […]