Dwelling Deeply

Many of the sketches and drawings which filled my sketchbook during my time in the Incarnate school in Italy came as a response to the experiences I went through there. One of these was the drawing, “Dwelling Deeply”.

Dance Warrior

I created this piece, “The Dance Warrior”, several months ago, but it was just brought back to mind because of a visit from a very special friend… I spent three months at the beginning of 2016 at the Incarnate program in Italy, working intensely with more than 25 other artists from 11 different nations all […]

What’s a Birthday?

Well, I made it.  Sixty. Not surprisingly, my Facebook page filled pretty quickly with birthday wishes from around the world.  Most were short, but some reflected people’s memories and wishes. Sara Ying was one of the fellow artists who left me a photo: What particularly moved me about this image, aside from the fact that […]

Shattered

Broken, 24 Aug 2016

What is there in a piece of broken clay, a simple sculpture, shattered on the floor? On Wednesday, around 3:30AM local time, another devastating earthquake hit the area around the Gran Sasso mountain in central Italy. Early counts put the death toll around 159 and rising. The region is no stranger to earthquakes.  In 2009, […]

Thin Enough to Love

Thin Enough to Love?

One experience from my time in Italy which I will never forget was the depth of the community, and freedom to open ourselves to each other to hear people’s stories through their art. The vulnerability, honesty and truth which flowed through each person’s unique artistic expression, like a clear stream out of the broken stones of our […]

Go with God’s Blessing

One of the things which particularly impressed me during my stay in Italy with the Incarnate 2016 school was the heart of the Italian staff at the Centro Evalgelico. The center was built around 50 years ago, outside the small town of Isola (or more properly, Isola del Gran Sasso d’Italia — “The island of the Great Rock of Italy”) as an Evangelical retreat center.

Important?

I attended the Incarnate 2016 school as a student. While I mostly enjoyed the freedom of not having a title or role as a leader, there were a few times when I felt disappointed, or even upset at being “left out of the loop”. As I thought about it, I was surprised by my own […]

Authenticity

Our relationship with God, and His calling on our lives to serve Him cannot be separated from our art.  But, if we are called to be incarnational, to create things which can be seen and experienced out of the invisible nature and working of God, then how do we remain authentic in our creation and […]

Holding On

A full time artist?

Ever since leaving my position working in computer support and IT to start working with OM Arts, I’ve described myself as a “Full time artist”. I am not really “full time” in the sense that most people would think of an artist–one who spends the majority of his or her day working through the process of envisioning, […]

Deeply Rooted

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”.

Convergence

Convergence

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 […]