I've been slowly building a group of works with very intentional inspirations and meanings behind them, and wanted to get them together for some responses.  Most of these are derived from my Christian walk.  I certainly struggle at times, and learn through that process.  As a Christian and an artist, I always wrestle with the way that faith and religion are portrayed visually -- particularly in the modern era.  I want the work to inspire without being too blunt.  I also don't want to marginalize the message with recycled imagery -- by which I mean abusing established Christian images as a banner for my faith.  Art is admittedly personal, just as is your relationship with Christ -- and I want to take the time to make it meaningful.    I will try to explain each piece below and indicate how they were created.  I hope you enjoy!
Mary


     This piece is inspired from Luke 8:2 where it references how Jesus had driven seven demons out from Mary Magdalene.  Incidentally, this would become the first of several "biblical reinterpretations" I have come into doing lately.  I began by thinking what exorcism would look like.  Just the concept of having demons driven out of someone seems so foreign to me, that I had to start reinventing the characters just to make it more approachable.  Mary became more modern and the demons, less like demons and more like imaginary creatures.  The actual act of Jesus releasing her from them is not described, so the piercing beams are more of a visual representation of how Jesus can still heal our hearts in this day and age.  

Medium: Pen and Digital coloring.
In the Waves



First, I feel that our society is becoming increasingly polarized and that this is epitomized in our political camps. 
 
Second, due to this polarization, ideals are increasingly scrutinized to become hyperbolic. The idea in hyperbole is then so far from reality, that between the two opposites, no common ground can be found. I find this sort of discourse within the political community especially divisive and ostracizing to those of us intended to be represented by these individuals. Representing this visually we have the figure being tossed about by the waves of this discourse. Each “side” represents the other as potentially fatal and clearly making the “wrong” decision would cause him to drown. 
      Third, faith. Outside of the political realm, there is a truth to this struggle that exists in faith. An individual has the choice to accept the truth of the gospel, or be deceived into taking another path. This is broken down simply into sin and righteousness. The same techniques that cause political misguiding and confusion in the effort to sway one to a given side are just as prevalent in this battle as well. However, even though we are unable to stand fully on the side of righteousness, we are aware of its truth through Christ. Visually, I prefer to represent this in a more ambiguous way, but suffice it to say that the idea of sin versus righteousness is clearly involved in the thought process behind the work.



Medium: Pen.  
Walking City 

     The idea for this piece, again, came from the hostility of the political sphere during the last few years. It was disheartening to see Americans so polarized. I had never felt so distant from the political process, even so threatened by it. It was sad to me that the political climate only accepted one brand of thought (on either side) and that an open discourse or exchange of ideas was non-existent. The strategy seemed to be: I will only accept what I want and reject everything else. I truly felt that only politicians stood to gain anything from this posturing and ordinary people stood to lose much. With that in mind, the Walking City was born.

     The Walking City represents political idealism. It is a self-serving vehicle that simultaneously grows from and destroys itself. The limited space for growth is reflective of its inability to accept differences. Thus, it can only grow within itself. However, to maintain growth, it must destroy anything that hinders it. This is the idealism's casual disregard for anything that is not in full support of its primary goals. The smoke portrays ideas outside of the sphere of idealist thought. Outside opinions and ideas are considered to be invaluable to the growth of the city -- and therefore disposable. The elevation of political ideals over results is reflected by the pollution cast from the city onto the surrounding environment.


Medium: Pen and Digital coloring.
Walking House

     I know this is a re-post, and I apologize, but here it is in its true context -- with the premise of the Walking City in mind, I felt that a positive response was required. The Walking House seeks out those who feel disenfranchised or lost and offers a solution through love for fellow man. The Walking House attempts to visually communicate the parallel of how Christ seeks us out, offering us a home, a welcoming environment, and a patient Love that overcomes the frustration that we feel in placing our hopes in something outside of His protection.


Medium: Pen and Digital coloring.
Prayer

     The concept behind this is the revitalization of your spirit in confessing yourself to Christ.  Your doubts and fears are replaced with joy in His assurance and acceptance.  The heart represents the concept of being given a new heart when accepting Christ.  I think that visually, this piece is the most straightforward of the group, but the photo does not accurately capture the process here. 

     The drawing is in colored pigments on vellum.  The vellum is then placed over layers of cut paper to distinguish the characters from their background, which is a separate layer of paper. I think this adds an interesting depth to the appearance, and provided a solution for a piece that I was really struggling with how to finish.  
Daily Struggle

     This piece reflects the struggle we face against sin. Several ideas in Christianity are bundled together here without necessarily direct connections to each other. Mostly, I found myself repeating themes that seemed applicable to my life and tried to represent that visually.

     The three figures on the left are external influences that encourage or promote sin. The influence of sin is shown disrupting the floor beneath the man’s feet, essentially shaking his foundation. The man’s weight is sustained, however, from his upper half rather than in his feet. The Holy Spirit -- as portrayed in the rainbow -- is the man’s reassurance, providing strength and support, while redirecting his attention away from the sins. The branches and heart protruding from his chest are reflections of growth in faith and the blessing of being given a new heart in accepting Christ. The “beard arm” shows the redemptive work of Christ reaching out to draw the man’s hand away from sin. The arm and the rainbow create a direct circular representation of the internalization of Christ’s work within the man, leading to the Spirit, and ultimately to God the Father -- as a balance of how the Trinity is distinct yet unified.

     Overall, the work is a reinterpretation of Peter’s interaction with Christ walking on the water in Matthew 14:22-33. Peter is bold enough to walk out to Jesus, but he begins to sink when he takes his eyes away from the Lord. Jesus reaches out to Peter and catches him. Similarly, in this piece, the man is sustained from falling only through Christ
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