Tagged: Faith

Beyond the Gallery: Stephen Watson

Stephen Watson
There has to be something to color and smell and texture that matters." This is a quote by Stephen Watson, as heard in the documentary about his recent show at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. And it gets to the heart of why I've come to admire this man. Stephen Watson is an Assistant Professor at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. And while not limited to installations, that is the work of his that I'm most familiar with. I forget how I first encountered his work, but I Read More

Artwork as Cairns

Evangelistic artwork and the concept of cairns
Art speaks only to an excessively small group of people —Cézanne When I first read this quote, I assumed it meant that a piece of artwork is seen by relatively few people. Since Cézanne's time there have been massive advancements in the ability to share a piece of artwork (or anything) across the world, to the point it can be practically instantaneous. But after some additional thought, I believe the focus of the quote is on how many people a work speaks to—not how many Read More

Why Bother?

Is art worth the bother? Your heart knows the answer.
Sunday was a miserable day. It was the first weekend in May, a time when many nearby communities were celebrating the unofficial arrival of spring. Lancaster city was hosting its annual ArtWalk. Small cities were having community events. Plus there were some rather exciting things happening at our church. But my wife and I had committed to setting up a booth full of her collages for our hometown's "Artist Alley" show. And despite the weatherman's assurance of sun, after the last item was loaded Read More

Ashes to Gold

"Ashes to Gold," artwork created for Scarlet Steps 2014
I recently wrote about a piece of artwork I was creating for a group exhibit. That exhibit, Scarlet Steps, has now come and gone. And once again it was great to see the creative solutions artists developed as they worked within this year's theme. The theme is always based around the gospel. This year Jay O'Maille, a talented gentleman from my church who is a writer/poet/songwriter/rapper, wrote a song called Villain that presented the gospel message in a unique way. Our job as artists was to align Read More

Dwell in the Brokenness

What does it mean to be a Christian and an artist?
In April of 2011 my wife and I celebrated our one-year anniversary by taking a road trip. Our turnaround point was Memphis and there were many stops along the way, but the most notable stop was Franklin, Tennessee. Union University was hosting their ACT Conference. (ACT stands for art, culture and theology.) This wasn't originally in my plans. I say "my" plans because Kate likes when I plan our road trips and surprise her day to day as the trip unfolds. Kate had stumbled upon the news of this conference Read More

Root of Jesse

"Root of Jesse" artwork inspired by Romans 15:12
In Romans 15:12 the apostle Paul quotes the prophet Isaiah saying, "There shall come the root of Jesse, and He who arises to rule over the Gentiles, in Him shall the Gentiles hope." Jesse was the father of King David. And from David's line, Christ would come. This was the inspiration for the sculpture I titled, "Root of Jesse." This, and Acts 10:43. The Acts passage gave the original direction for the piece, which was built for a Good Friday art show hosted by NewSong Fellowship Church in Lancaster, Read More

Quotes by Thomas Kinkade

Quotes by Thomas Kinkade and thoughts on his career
Given the recent death of Thomas Kinkade, I had been reflecting on his life as an artist and collecting my thoughts with the goal of writing a post. But Dan Siedell beat me to it with an article called "The Dark Light of Thomas Kinkade." Dan is an art historian and curator (among other things), and I've been enjoying his writings. My wife and I saw him speak at the ACT arts conference at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee last year. Here is what he wrote: » Read The Dark Light of Thomas Read More

The Artist’s Experience

The artist's end product is not all that matters
In today's society, much emphasis is placed on experience. We hear phrases like, "Well, it turns out I was horrible at volleyball, but I had a blast playing!" People write blogs about their road trip experience or what they learned while creating a piece of art (hello). A friend can ramble on and on about their shopping experience, going into extreme detail about their thought process for each purchase. As with most things, this self-focus can be taken to the extreme and become something detrimental. Read More

Wood in Fine Art

I'm not a fine artist. I definitely fall into the graphic designer category, although there are more similarities than differences between the two titles. Fine art is graphic design with vague intentions. It often leaves the viewer scratching their head. My creation process, and the creations themselves, are usually logical and straightforward. Regardless, I like to dabble in art—a lot. And when I find myself dabbling in the finer arts, I find myself using wood as the primary medium. Wood Read More