Baptism @ the Van Duzen

This is the story behind the painting of Baptism @ the Van Duzen. As I seek to grow as an artist, I want to not only grow in skill and the ability to make an image more convincing, I want to be more purposeful in selecting subjects that are more personal, vulnerable and courageous. InContinue reading “Baptism @ the Van Duzen”

Twice Blessed…the Musings of a Bi-Vocational Life

Like many these days I have two jobs that help me to make ends meet.  Most people would consider themselves fortunate if they liked one out of two jobs.  I have two vocations and I love them both…thus “Twice Blessed.”  In ministry the Apostle Paul made bi-vocational ministry common. We all know him as theContinue reading “Twice Blessed…the Musings of a Bi-Vocational Life”

Beauty and Sacrifice

“I cannot make this any easier;  it is not easy.  But then, beauty is not ever very easy to find, acquire, nor maintain.  That is what is beautiful about it.  Beauty demands and requires sacrifice.  Sacrifice in time and effort.”  George Roland Wills We have grown accustomed to, and often expect, polished results from minimumContinue reading “Beauty and Sacrifice”

Beauty and Excellence in the Arts

“Art is our human response to whatever we see as beautiful.” – Luci Shaw in For the Beauty of the Church As human beings we are drawn to beauty, we are attracted to excellence.  The Arts – music, dance, drama, poetry (and other literary arts), visual arts (drawing, painting, digital, sculpture, to name a few)  film, and architecture,Continue reading “Beauty and Excellence in the Arts”

Artistic Beauty in Worship Spaces

Art is a common language that can be shared all over the world.  Twice I had the incredible opportunity to travel outside the United States and observe the art culture in two diverse locations:  Italy and Israel.  Both locales were in stark difference to the U.S. by the virtue of time.  Compared to us these cultures are bothContinue reading “Artistic Beauty in Worship Spaces”

Painting to Celebrate The Most Joyous Occasion on Planet Earth!

Painting as a form of worship during the Easter service has become a tradition for which I am grateful to participate.  There are many Biblical expressions of worship and I love the account in Exodus where God instructs the children of Israel to create beautiful things for the tabernacle and for the priestly garments.  I appreciateContinue reading “Painting to Celebrate The Most Joyous Occasion on Planet Earth!”

Have You Ever Been Moved to Tears by Something Beautiful?

Art is one of those communication links that transcends language, culture, gender, economic status or age, among other things.  We can be moved deeply by the sensitive portrayal of the arts in a variety of expressions.  Deep and significant concepts can be conveyed by the arts that either reinforce what someone is trying to sayContinue reading “Have You Ever Been Moved to Tears by Something Beautiful?”

The Arts and the Bible

Art in the Bible?  Yes!  I love the Old Testament account of the plans of the Tabernacle.  Why?  Because tucked in this fascinating section of Exodus is God’s detailed instructions for creating objects of beauty to be used in worship to Him.  Moreover in Exodus 31 God is very specific about the people to whomContinue reading “The Arts and the Bible”