The following are quotes and statements, most by renown artists, that inspire and inform my work.
"...creative acts...remind us we are ourselves the work of a Creator. Art is sacramental, pointing us toward the Truth present in every atom of creation."
The Rabbit Room
"As an artist, I merely plagiarize God's work!"
“We do not want merely to see beauty… we want something else which can hardly be put into words—to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” C. S. Lewis (Psalm 27:4- “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord…”)
“Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God’s grandchild.”
Dante Alighieri, Inferno
“In the beginning, God created...”
The Creator, Genesis 1:1 (NASB)
“...He put eternity in man’s heart...”
Eccs. 3:11 (ESV)
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
“I shut my eyes in order to see.”
"With the most primitive means the artist creates something which the most ingenious and efficient technology will never be able to create."
"Make your paintings a demonstration of the genius of description that becomes a study in the absolute minimum of information required to excite the eye..."
"Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart."
The reason for doing it is the desire to create. I've got to do it!"
"In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary."
"If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint."
“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”
“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.”
"My definition of great art is this: any piece that continues to give me joy every time I look at it."
"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude."
“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”
“Every good painter paints what he is.”
“Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.”
“Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist.”
“I am rather like a travelling salesman. I deal in ideas. I do much more for people than just paint them pictures.”
“The final test of a painting, theirs, mine, any other, is: does the painter's emotions come across?”
“For we are God’s masterpiece (Grk, “poiema,” meaning a poem, or a work of art). He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
“God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon. Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening. Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded, but their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.”
Psalm 19:1-4 (The Message)
“I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”
Scottish Missionary Eric Liddell, 1924 Olympian depicted in the movie “Chariots of Fire”
"...all of life when lived for a higher purpose, is sacred. As William Tyndall said, '...to wash dishes and to preach is all one, [if one is doing] the deed to please God.' Learn to see life's inherent , overlooked wonders. And learn to love the life you've been given."
John Stonestreet, Colson Center for Christian Worldview
“Art is a visual language and like story telling, the content of the story is simply where you start. It is how you tell the story that brings the smile, creates the mood, and evokes the emotions.”