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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, January 20, 2009


I hope that you will like this portrait of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, a personal hero of mine and of countless others. I was first introduced to Blessed Pier Giorgio by my good friend Brad Watkins, who founded a Frassati Society at the local Catholic High School in Raleigh, Cardinal Gibbons. What struck Brad and many others about this young man who died at the age of 24, is that he proves, as John Paul II said of him, that "holiness is possible for everyone."

Blessed Pier Giorgio was, as you might expect, a radically prayerful and devoted Christian soul. But he doesn't fit the profiles of the great saints across the ages. He wasn't poor. He was wealthy. He wasn't weak or underfed. He was an athlete who was full of strength. He was not a drag. He was a practical joker and a rascal. He was different from his friends. However they did not hold this against him. On the contrary they loved him for it. He was not brought up in a home that encouraged his Christian aspirations. Yet he fought with valor in order to live them out. Although he was rich, he found his home among the poor. Indeed, he cared for them in ways that no one else knew until his death.

Pier Giorgio died suddenly, due to polio contracted during his frequent visits to the families he cared for. Pier Giorgio gave food, he (a rich son of an aristocratic family) begged for money, he bought medicine, and he sacrificed unceasingly to give to those who had nothing, but also to bring them to Christ. Blessed Pier Giorgio came to a home where a woman lived whose husband had been sent to prison. He saw her baby and asked if the child had been baptized. The mother said that the baby had not been, because she did not have the money for the baptismal garment. Blessed Pier Giorgio paid for the garment, attended the baptism, and became the Godfather of the child. When the husband was released from prison, Blessed Pier Giorgio was waiting for him at the gates, and immediately took the man to a factory where he knew he could be hired and begin work.

This was a great, holy, loving man. He was also handsome, athletic, and virile. He was all that our society glories in, yet he counted it, with his favorite Saint, the Apostle Paul, "so much rubbish, that [he might] gain Christ." (Phillipians 3:8) Imagine a cross between Brad Pitt, Bear Grylls, and Saint Francis of Assisi, and you've just imagined Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. When he died people his family did not even know he had been ministering to filled the streets by the hundreds. On his deathbed Pier Giorgio gave to his sister lists of the people he needed to follow up with, to supply medicine, food, and the like. John Paul II called Blessed Pier Giorgio "The Man of the Beatitudes," and championed him as a great beacon for Christian youth. I hope that you will enjoy the following short film about his life:

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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