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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

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Preview of a Larger Project: OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP

This poor copy of the classic Icon of Mary is just the tip of the iceberg for a very big project that I have been working on the past two weeks. It is actually a very small piece of a larger drawing, but as that drawing has a very specific publication date, I have been witholding it from the site so far. Aware that I have many faithful and loyal site browsers (thank you all!) I wanted to at least put up a preview of a project that I am VERY excited about and can't wait to share with all of you. I hope that you will be patient with me, and know that when I post the entire project, it will be a very big post. Thank you for visiting, and look for my newsletter, which will (per the aforementioned delay) also be late by about a week. I hope that the wait will be as much worth it to you as it is to me.
Incidentally, for those unfamiliar with this image, the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help portrays a legend that spread among early Christians. This legend told a story of Jesus being frightened as a child when angels appeared to Him, showing Him a glimpse of the cost of our salvation in the instruments of His Passion (note the Cross, the spear and sponge). Mary comforts Jesus with great tenderness, as she longed to do when His hour finally came. I would suggest that her presence there, above that of all other human beings, reminded Him of the purpose of His coming - to make all of humanity new, beautiful, and spotless in the eyes of His Father.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us!

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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
celebrate the arts, and especially challenge the artist to reach the fullness of his own abilities
in the service of something greater than him or his work. I hope that you will enjoy this site, and
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