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Morrisville, NC, United States
My wife Emily and I currently live in Morrisville, NC with our son Evan. In July of 2010 my life changed dramatically when Emily and I adopted our beloved son. As a consequence of this life change I have not updated this blog for a long time. As Evan has grown, and new expenses have been introduced, I have decided to again accept commissions from those of you who would like to have original work done. You may request work by contacting me at davemyers1977@gmail.com, and I am also beginning a new website to promote this service at artisservantportraitsandmore.blogspot.com - I currently charge $225 for 11x14 drawings and $175 for 8x10s. I sell prints of my work (either from this site or the new one) for $25 11x14 and $20 for 8x10. I hope that you will enjoy the works here displayed, that you will visit my new site, and that you will contact me with your comments at davemyers1977@gmail.com - Dec 30 2011

Friday, April 10, 2009

STATIONS OF THE CROSS USED BY LOCAL CONGREGATION FOR GOOD FRIDAY MEDITATIONS








God continues to richly bless my poor work, and I want to take this moment of Holy Week to express my profound gratitude to the congregation of Crosspoint Church in Cary, North Carolina for their use of the Stations of the Cross I finally completed last year. This series represents about four years of work. I began the work as a private meditation that I continued with each passing Lent, but I have hoped that it might one day be placed in a setting where it might benefit the prayer of fellow Christians. I am deeply grateful to the leadership of Crosspoint for their valuation of my work and their desire to place it in a truly beautiful setting.

The work was enlarged to a size of about 2 x 3 feet and I was very excited to see how well the originals transferred to this much larger format. It fit the space perfectly!

As you can see in the video and the photos I have posted, the lighting and the music were perfectly suited to the subject matter, and combined to create a wonderful space for meditation on the suffering of Christ. The decision to loop music from the soundtrack of “The Passion of the Christ” was especially ingenious I thought, and set the tone immediately as you approached the space. I was humbled and honored to see my work in this setting, as it was so greatly inspired by Mel Gibson’s masterpiece of faith. You will see that I also drew from great works of art that have illustrated the Passion through the centuries, particularly the work of Caravaggio, whose paintings obviously contributed to Mel Gibson’s vision of the Passion.

Above all, I was moved almost to tears to see this work so thoughtfully considered by faithful souls devoted to Christ and His Cross. I cannot express my gratitude sufficiently for this amazing opportunity. Jesus, Son of God and Savior of the World, have mercy on me a sinner. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, for by Your Holy Cross You have Redeemed the world.

9 comments:

  1. David, thank you for sharing your work. It was beautiful and heartbreaking to see and it made Good Friday come alive for me.

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  2. David,
    Your works really moved me. You are right, with the music and the lighting the event was powerful.
    Bless you as you continue working with the gifts God has surely given you.

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  3. David,
    We met last night as I was manning the entrance to "The Approach". I am grateful to our Lord that He put you and Steve together so this could happen. Thank you for using your talent and gift for God's glory.

    Having the visual reminder of what our Savior endured for us, coupled with a time of of quiet meditation, was indeed a Good Friday.

    Grace and Peace,
    Brian

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  4. thanks for serving God with your art, and for being willing to share it with our community.

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  5. David, I experienced Approach at Crosspointe on Friday night and I can't thank you enough for creating such an incredible art. I can't stop thinking about it...your gifts had a huge impact on me.

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  6. I am so glad Jen. Thank you.

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  7. I can't really see the works, what series of stations did you choose to use?

    Paul Kiler
    Art as Servant Studios

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  8. Paul -

    If you follow the link below and scroll down you will be able to see all of my drawings that make up my meditation on the Stations of the Cross. As I indicate in some of the descriptions, the works are based on several sources including Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" and the work of several master artists from the History of Art.

    http://artisservant.blogspot.com/search?q=stations+of+the+cross

    Thank you for taking the time to review my work.

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I appreciate your time and your interest in my work. If you are interested in knowing more about me and my philosophy of art, please feel free to scroll to the bottom of this page. I would rather spare those who have no interest in such things from having to read about me before looking at my work. God bless you :)

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