Archive for May 31, 2021

If you see some of my work, it might cause you to ask questions. I do a lot of what is called low brow art. I didn’t create this title. It was applied to my earliest influences in the art world. It all started with frequent trips to this massive flea market/auction with my grandmother. She would take me around to all the shops, and we would usually stop at one of the toy shops where she would let me pick out a model kit or something else to create. Near this shop, was a T-shirt shop. This was in the sixties and seventies when they used transfers and all the transfers would hang on the walls. There were all these pictures of cars with huge tires doing wild burnouts and they often had these huge creatures popping through the roof grabbing huge shifter. The images were always extremely colorful and I was hooked. As I grew, I discovered that I liked to draw the creatures more than the cars. There was never any darkness to it for me. I just liked to create things that didn’t exist in the real world. All these years later, I still do. Then I had a problem…

I became a Christian, and I wondered if the things I was creating could fit into my new life. Was there a place for a guy who liked to draw creatures in the Kingdom. It was around this same time that I became aware that my drive to become a professional artist was becoming something of an idol in my life. For a time I laid it down and it was during that time that I felt the call to ministry. Eventually I felt led to use art in my ministry, and of course I still do that and love it, but still there was no real space for the creatures. Then one day I was asked to preach at my friends King James only church, I was going to preach on 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ He is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come. I have always related to this verse because it shows what happened in my life when Jesus transformed me. Having to work with the King James for this message, I discovered that the verse ways new creature instead of new creation. This brought me to a question. Could I use this talent I have for creating weird creatures as a way of connecting with others and building relationships and possibly even communicating the Gospel. I decided to give it a try. I know it looks like random weirdness, but there is a method to my madness.

How might God use your art to connect others to Himself.