TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
Drawing is something I have always done - Hot Wheels were my first subjects.
Self-taught, I wanted my art to be as natural a process as possible. I was influenced by the colorful stained glass windows of the churches I attended as a child and later in life by comic books as a teen. Bright, colorful, and vividly graphic is the on-going theme of my work. Most of my art, in the past, was created using colored pencils and black paint pens. I have recently been transitioning into transforming my hand drawings into computer-generated digital art. I discovered as a born again Christian that art is the gift God has given me. Uniquely different than traditional Christian art, I hope that my style will reach others that may otherwise have not taken notice.
WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND THIS PIECE?
I created this piece during the darkest time of my life - a divorce of 31 years. I had to dig down deep and lean on God like never before. The art displays feelings I was having with loneliness, isolation, and cold darkness.
The bright light of Chris is ever redeeming. Life without Christ is like life at the bottomof the ocean. Darkness is all around you, and you are at the ercy of the currents with no direction. The pressure of the ocean's water weigh in on you, and you are smothered in the cold darkness. Hopeless and alone is the constant. Through Christ we rise to the top, feeling the warmth of his light. Our lungs are filled with the fresh air and we are comforted by His eternal love. No longer alone, we are redeemed!
WHAT IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOK YOU HAVE EVER READ?
I love reading and there are so many great books. I guess the first one that comes to mind is "The Art of Racing in the Rain" (Garth Stein), then "A Complicated Kindness" (Miriam Toews), and "The Kite Runner" (Khaled Hosseini).