The Story Behind the Art

I have always been fascinated by the story behind a piece of art.  The story may be long and winding, following years of creative and personal growth, or it may be short and to the point.  However, each piece takes on a new depth of meaning when you understand a little bit of the thought, history, process and emotion which formed the birth place of that particular expression.

These are some of my stories:

 

Naked, unashamed

When we step into the realm of asking God to speak into and through our art, there is no way of telling where He is going to take us, or take the work which we create. “Sparrow” was my own stumbling attempt to respond to the dark reality of Human Trafficking, and the stories I […]

Listening

  I sat down in the studio the other day, with no specific image in my head, other than the desire to create a figure.  I started working from a life drawing I drew recently, and the pose with the tilted head began to emerge.  As I refined the figure, I saw her, tilting her […]

Christmas, 2016

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6-7 When I created this piece, I wasn’t thinking about the context of Christmas. However, it struck me on […]

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 […]

Sheltered

(work in progress) I have been fascinated by the image of the sheltering hands, and the different circumstances and postures which we bring to our position in those hands.  From the figure huddled in a heap, to the child asleep without a care, to the one with the courage and hope to be able to […]

He Sees the Sparrow

terracotta clay, 6″ Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31 There are times when you hear […]

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 […]

Isola Hope

One of the concepts we spent a lot of time wrestling with during our time at Incarnate was the idea of Hope. What is hope? What is the anchor for our hope? How is hope related to our faith? On one occasion when we went into the town, I thought I might pick a spot along […]

Sculpt it Again

There is a meme on the Deviant Art web site where I spend a lot of time, called “Draw it Again”. The idea is simply to take a piece of art (drawing) which you did in the past, and draw it again. The purpose is to show how you … have matured as an artist.

Time and Tide

Time and Tide

(Low-fire Terra Cotta, 9″ tall) I’ve been following the artist Andrew-Brady on deviantArt.  I appreciate the fresh, clean character of his paintings.  I ran across his piece, “Time and Tide”, and thought it would be a perfect piece to do as a sculpture. What first drew me to the painting was the sense of how […]

Deeply Rooted

Deeply Rooted II

Funny how sometimes, themes keep popping up again… In a previous blog post, I described a sketch I had drawn in response to the “Deeply Rooted” theme our pastor was preaching through at our church. Several weeks ago, I went on a retreat with our OM Arts team.  We spent four days, bringing together a […]

Just Get Out of the Boat

Matthew 14: 22-33 A couple of days before Easter two years ago, I was attending our Thursday morning devotions at the OM USA headquarters in Georgia.  The person leading that morning put up a short video talking about the story of Jesus walking across the water to the disciples as they were struggling against the wind and […]

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