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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, October 16, 2008


This drawing is a portrait of Mr. Louis Tedder, a Duke Employee who passed away about three months ago. I did not have the opportunity to get to know Louis, but his reputation, as remembered by his friends and coworkers, is truly edifying. Louis worked many years at Duke, and was for many years the Hospital Concierge, responsible for serving all of Duke's Special Constituency patients. However, Louis was a servant to ALL patients at Duke, and made himself available to anyone who required his services. One of my favorite stories that I have heard about Louis told of his efforts to fulfill the wishes of a patient who was dying. The patient, on the rare occasion that he was able to eat, had a strong desire to eat pinto beans. Pinto beans were the one thing the hospital could not provide that day. When the patient's request was made known to Louis, he drove from store to store until he found pinto beans, and he and a fellow coworker prepared them for the patient, to his lasting gratitude. I felt the need to honor Louis' great memory with this portrait.


  1. You certainly honored him. A very beautiful portrait!

  2. Deon TedderJune 04, 2009

    I never was able to meet you David, but I want to thank you for this. This really meant alot to my mother and I and you are very talented. My father would greatly appreciate this because he loved being in a picture or on film. :)

  3. Deon, I can't tell you how happy I was to see this comment. I am so glad that you approved of the portrait, and want you to know how highly I think of your father and how important his memory is to all of us at Duke. God bless you and your family!

    Many thanks,


  4. David, Many many thanks to you for this portrait. My cousin Deon sent me this link and seeing this picture brought tears to my eyes. You really captured my uncle in this photo. God has really blessed you with such an awesome talent. I encourage you to keep at it. Again, many thanks to you.

  5. Thank you Christie! It was an honor!

  6. AnonymousJune 04, 2009

    WOW!!! David, This is great. You are very talented and this pictures captures him perfectly.

  7. Stephanie BellJune 04, 2009

    Hey David,

    thanks so much of the portrait of my brother, you did a great job. I will be praying for you and your business because I think you are doing a great service.Again thanks so much!!!
    Stephanie Bell

  8. Chandra TedderJune 05, 2009

    Hi David

    I want to echo what Deon said earlier. Thank you so much for this portrait. It is so nice to know that you took the time out of your busy schedule to draw a picture of my husband that you really didn't even know and for that I am grateful. Louis meant the world to me and I see he touched so many other people lives at Duke and other surrounding places. May God continue to bless you and the work you do (your art). It is defintiely a picture I will never forget becasue it came from someone who took the time out to do it and didn't even know Louis. Many blessings to you.

    Again thanks

    Chandra B. Tedder, Wife



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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