Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you
were working for the Lord rather than for people.
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I believe artistic talent is a gift from God
to be used to bring Him Glory through
the enjoyment found in the creation process,
and by blessing others through it.
Artists are inspired by God's creation:
whether it be something on the earth,
in the heavens, or in our imaginations.
Every human being, including the artist,
is privileged to reflect Him, the Creator God.
Just as every painting has a painter,
creation must have a creator.
I believe Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned,
but whoever does not believe stands condemned already
because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son."
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Artists I admire who have captured the truth
about God and his promised Messiah, Jesus Christ:
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"Light of the World"
The Light of the World (1851–3) is an allegorical painting by William Holman Hunt representing the figure of Jesus preparing to knock on an overgrown and long-unopened door, illustrating Revelation 3:20:
Behold, I stand at the door and knock;
if any man hear My voice, and open the door,
I will come in to him, and will sup
with him, and he with Me.
According to Hunt: "I painted the picture with what I thought, unworthy though I was, to be by Divine command, and not simply as a good Subject." The door in the painting has no handle, and can therefore be opened only from the inside, representing "the obstinately shut mind". Hunt, 50 years after painting it, felt he had to explain the symbolism. (via Wikipedia)
The title references John 8:12:
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me
will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
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Edgar Alwin Payne
At an exhibit of Payne's work in 2003,
I read that the message he was aiming to convey in his art
was the magnificence of the sublime creation of God!
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"The Resurrection Mural"
by Ron DiCianni
"It seems that over the centuries every artist longed to paint a definitive scene that would stand the test of time. For Michelangelo, it was the “Creation of Adam” which he did for the Sistine Chapel. For Rembrandt, it was the scene of “The Prodigal Son.” For me, it is “The Resurrection”, as this one act of history separates Christianity from every other religion, philosophy and dogma. It authenticates The Nativity, The Crucifixion of Christ, and legitimizes every word Jesus said concerning Himself and His relationship to God. Many may ignore the Resurrection at their peril, but none can deny it as it is historically proven beyond doubt. My hope is that as this mural is installed, many will be confronted with the scene of “The Resurrection” and make the decision that He is worthy of being called their Lord and Savior." - Ron DiCianni
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Choose this day whom you will serve.
You may notice both the H in my initials
and the t in my long signature resemble a cross.