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Forgiveness

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I chose a darkened corner on the back streets of Jerusalem to be the backdrop of one of my recent paintings of Christ titled "Forgiveness". In this painting, Our Savior kneels down in the dirt and reaches out to touch the head of a downcast and humbled sinner who is asking for forgiveness. My original plan was for this scene to take place among the bustling crowds of an open market, but as I dwelt on the idea of forgiveness, I wanted to portray the fact that it is personal and sacred, between me and the Lord. 
I say "between ME and the Lord", because in this context, that is the only type that should matter to me, "between YOU and the Lord", "between HIM and the Lord" or "between HER and the Lord" is really none of my business. My own standing before the Lord is of the upmost importance. For this reason, I chose to include only two people in this painting. Me... and the Lord. Some people may not know t…

WHY I AM AN ARTIST... (and what you should do with your life)

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Why am I an artist? I’ll tell you why… because God gave me an amazing Spiritual Gift. No I’m not talking about artistic skill, because I believe that is something that is earned with practice, something I am still working on everyday. The Spiritual Gift that I am talking about is one that some people might not realize is a gift. I have always known what I wanted to do with my life. I can see an ultimate goal, the big picture, and know that it is possible. I know when I’m on the right track even when others around me might not see it. That is an amazing gift that I am very thankful for, because I always know the direction I want to be going. I know who I am and I know who I want to become. I recognize these traits as a blessing, as a Gift. I believe this Gift comes from our Heavenly Father. Everybody has Spiritual Gifts that are unique to them, and we should learn to recognize and utilize our Gifts.
As long as I remember, I wanted to be an artist. I …