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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, January 29, 2009


These latest drawings are the last of the portraits I have been assembling of the principal speakers who will be presenting this February at the Ignited by Truth Catholic Conference in Raleigh, NC. Joseph Pearce and Tim Staples are very interesting individuals, especially with regard to their conversion stories. I hope you will have a moment to read a little about them below:


Joseph Pearce is a celebrated and prolific author, having written biographies of literary figures such as G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, and C.S. Lewis. Pearce is a professor of literature at Ave Maria University, and his conversion story is remarkable. Pearce confesses that when he was younger he was a “fanatical” neo-fascist, and even edited literature for a group promoting this agenda. Pearce attributes his conversion to Christianity to the works of G.K. Chesterton, and he writes that his “racism stemmed from hatred, and that his conversion to Christian belief completely changed his outlook.” Eventually Pearce became a Catholic, and now continues to add to his already impressive body of written works.
To me, the most interesting of the titles he has produced is one of his latest books, and I cannot wait to read it.
The Quest for Shakespeare: The Bard of Avon and the Church of Rome has as its theme something I have been tempted to believe since becoming Catholic and subsequently re-experiencing the plays of Shakespeare. It seems clear that plays such as “Henry V,” “Hamlet,” and others have embedded within them a very rich and unmistakably Catholic understanding of the world. Whether this was a post-protestant hangover from the post-Anglican reform, or Shakespeare was secretly Catholic is the question posed by Pearce’s latest book.

“O God of battles! steel my soldiers' hearts;
Possess them not with fear; take from them now
The sense of reckoning, if the opposed numbers
Pluck their hearts from them. Not to-day, O Lord,
O, not to-day, think not upon the fault
My father made in compassing the crown!
I Richard's body have interred anew;
And on it have bestow'd more contrite tears
Than from it issued forced drops of blood:
Five hundred poor I have in yearly pay,
Who twice a-day their wither'd hands hold up
Toward heaven, to pardon blood; and I have built
Two chantries, where the sad and solemn priests
Sing still for Richard's soul. More will I do;
Though all that I can do is nothing worth,
Since that my penitence comes after all,
Imploring pardon.”

- From Henry V
Some of the many books the author has written:

• The Quest for Shakespeare: The Bard of Avon and the Church of Rome
• Flowers of Heaven: One Thousand Years of Christian Verse (editor)
• Literary Giants, Literary Catholics
• Tolkien: Man and Myth
• Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc
• Literary Converts
• Tolkien: A Celebration
• C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church
• Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chesterton
• The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde


Tim Staples is a dynamic speaker and a convert to Catholicism. If he looks like a tough guy, its probably because he’s a former Marine. It was in the Marines that Staples experienced his conversion through the friendship of a fellow soldier who was deeply devoted to his own faith. You can read more about Tim and his work as a Catholic Apologist at Catholic Answers, an excellent resource for anyone who has questions regarding what things Catholics believe and why they believe them. I have enjoyed the talks that I have heard Mr. Staples give, and look forward to seeing him this year at Ignited by Truth.

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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