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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

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


This drawing is taken from probably one of the most familiar scenes in my hometown of Durham, NC. This is the statue of James Buchanan Duke that stands in front of the Chapel which bears his name. Mr. Duke, a wealthy tobacco farmer and business man, was also a magnanimous philanthropist, as well as a true Christian gentleman. Although he is most famous for building Duke University (originally Trinity College - named after Duke at the behest of faculty grateful for his generosity), with all his wealth Mr. Duke always remembered the poor, the sick, and the marginalized.
It seems that we in Durham have his Methodist upbringing to thank for Mr. Duke's many charitable endeavors. One of these I am most grateful for: the founding of Duke Hospital, my employer, which was so established in order to improve the health of North Carolinians. Duke chapel has been especially important to me, in that when I came to Duke to work after deciding not to pursue the priesthood, it was the best place I could find in a busy day to pray. One of my favorite details is found at the entry way to the Church: There, where saints would be found in any of the great cathedrals of Europe (on which Duke Chapel was modeled), there are carved statues of great reformers. These include Girolamo Savonarola, Martin Luther, John Wycliffe, and of course, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Flanking these statues are those of three great men of the American South: Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, and Sydney Lanier, a poet popular at the time of the Chapel's construction. Leave it to us Carolinians!
To read more about the life of Mr. Duke, please visit this link.
Go here to learn more about the history of Duke Chapel.
This drawing is to be a gift for someone who will be leaving our clinic (where I work at Duke) to serve in a different department. You may notice when you look at the larger image of the drawing that the detail is rough - this is because the drawing is actually only a 5 x 7 original. I hope that you like it!

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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