The Story Behind the Art
People always ask me about the story behind the 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:
I just let go of one of my most cherished pieces today. The sculpture, Shattered, didn’t start out as a particularly profound piece of art, but it took one of my most painful moments as an artist to turn it into a signature piece. More of that story here. I have participated in the Southern […]
Drawing dancers in their tutus, and the layers and layers of translucent tulle has always been a challenge for me … Trying to sculpt this in clay, … that was a technical challenge I had never been brave enough to attempt.
Fired terracotta clay, 12″ We live, so often, blinded by the darkness, both around us and within us. The light is there, but our eyes are closed to it. Then something happens, and we open our eyes. The harsh reality of the light both terrifies us, and calls us forward. We are faced with a […]
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 […]
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 head […]
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 […]
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 […]
(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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.