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My wife Emily and I currently live in Mebane, NC with our son Evan. I am actively accepting commissions at this time. You may request work by contacting me at artisservant@gmail.com. I currently charge $200 for 11x14 drawings and $150 for 8x10s. I sell prints of my work for $25 for 11x14 and $15 for 8x10. I hope that you will enjoy the works here displayed, and that you will contact me with your comments at artisservant@gmail.com - January 5th, 2015

Thursday, September 27, 2007

JESUS AND THE CHILDREN (sneak peek at a larger project)

This drawing is a copy of the very famous painting by Vogel Von Vogelstein, entitled "Suffer the Little Children to come to Me." It is of course a depiction of the scene from the Gospels when the disciples are trying to prevent the children from "bothering" Jesus, and the Lord corrects them, saying "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. " (Mk 10:14) Incidentally, this scene appears in three of the four Gospels. Prints may be purchased by using this link:

Although it is only part of a larger drawing, the copy (though it is as a pebble next to a mountain if compared with the original) stands on its own as a drawing. I could not wait to show it to you here, and to share with you my thoughts about Vogel's painting:

To me, it seems that each of the children represent in some way souls in different states. The one who is most prominent, the little girl, looking at the Lord with hands clasped and longing in her eyes seems almost to petition Him for help in prayer. The young girl (or boy) behind her and the foremost figure both seem to be looking up in awe at the Savior of the World. The toddler in His lap is the only figure at rest, and seems to simply be resting his head on the Master's chest, as St. John would later do at the Last Supper. Finally, there is my favorite, and perhaps the least noticable of the group: One of them has his head buried in Jesus' lap, and seems as though he is in anguish, perhaps crying. How often do we run back to the Lord, saddened and sorrowful at what we have done to hurt Him, so anxious to tell Him we are sorry, and find ourselves amazed to tears by His Mercy and Compassion? Yes, that figure is my favorite, because he is me. Where are you in this image?

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The Vocation of the Artist

I firmly believe that art is meant to serve others, especially in lifting the hearts of people, through "ephiphanies of beauty," (John Paul II's letter to artists) to the contemplation and the glory of God. The artist participates in a unique way in the inspiration of the Creator of all things, and knows something of His joy in the act of creation, for "the act of creation is an act of love."(The Agony and the Ecstacy) This act is essentially bound up with the mystery of the Incarnation of Jesus, in which what had been invisible was made visible in His person, His life and work, and finally in His death and resurrection. The artist is exhorted by the very perception of his gift to its service. Art is not merely, nor should it ever be, a vehicle for selfish ends or cheap shock and awe, but it must seek to give joy to the lives of others. The artist is then in the end merely a servant of truth, beauty, and goodness, and his work must serve to convey these to a wider audience. "Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 15-16)I believe that the artist finds in the lives of Jesus, and of His foster father Joseph, essential role models, especially in their hidden life at Nazareth. Though very little is handed down to us in the Gospels or in tradition illuminating this period in Jesus' life, I believe that this hidden, simple, carpenter's life of "working quietly" (2 Thessalonians 3:11) can be a model for all artists, in which delight is daily sought in the manifestation of beauty in wood, paint, charcoal, dance, the stage, and music. This is a life of humility, where the artist freely accepts that this world, including his own work, "will pass away," (Matt. 24:35) but what it points to never will. Obedience to inspiration, especially as it is inspired by God's Word (itself the revelatory self-expression of God) is the artist's highest calling. This new site is dedicated to this higher calling of the artist, to this challenge.

You will find included in this site examples of my own work, as well as links to other sites which
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take full advantage of its links, especially the Letter to Artists of our Holy Father (of beloved memory) John Paul II. Thank you for your comments and your consideration of this website.

David Myers