I'm a Lifestyle Artist. By Lifestyle I mean that I document the Journey of the Human Spirit. I have a passion for people and value the lives they lead and potential for greatness they have. As such, I create art that documents their unique footprint on this earth and that inspires them towards the greatness they may not see in themselves. My art is representational, as I work in oil, acrylic, charcoal, pastel and graphite. While the theme remains the same, documenting the journey of the human spirit, I express this genre through various formats which include Business/Corporate Art, Inspirational/Motivational Art, Classical Portraits, Lifestyle Portraits, Prophetic Art, Prophetic Portraits, and Sacred Art. I am committed to these three values: Creating to Reveal, Teaching to Grow, and Inspiring to Dream. To accomplish this not only do I work as a studio artist, but I’m an art teacher, offering classes in classical art training and prophetic art, and public speaker, focusing on Business Innovation and Destiny by Design.
The story behind the painting...
I created “Yours Forever” three months after leaving full-time ministry. Leaving the ministry was the most painful experience I've had, apart from experiencing a death. So painful, that I lapsed into a depression that lasted almost three years and a dessert experience that lasted ten.
I painted “Yours Forever” 3 months after a devastating event happened in my life. I had never painted until this point in my life. All of my artwork had been done in graphite and charcoal. I needed someway to reach towards heaven so I decided to do a monochromatic of Jesus. As I was developing the idea for this piece I saw Jesus as the ancient of days. With that, I knew I wanted the canvas to look like it had been dug out of the ground but also look like parchment. I knew I wanted to retain as much paint in the weave of the canvas as possible. So in order to get the effect I was looking for all of the highlights were created by scrubbing the paint off the canvas with a bristle brush and solvent. No white or tint was added; the paint was simply scrubbed away in various layers.
When I work on a portrait I usually start with the eyes and work my way out. When I started on this painting I was in so much emotional pain that I couldn’t bear to look Jesus in the eyes so I started on the hair in the lower right hand side and worked counterclockwise.
As I worked, I had no idea what the title of the painting was. Many times the painting or drawing will tell me its name as I work. This one was no exception. As I made my way around Jesus hair, crown of thorns, mouth and nose I finally came to His eyes. As I began to work on the eyes I saw the relationship Jesus had with the Father and felt His love embrace me. In that moment I knew what to call this painting, “Yours Forever.”
When I signed my name on the canvas I remembered John sitting with Jesus during the last supper and laying his head on Jesus chest. I decided to do the same. If you look closely you will find my signature along the edge of Jesus hair on the lower right side. Like John, I will always be laying my head on Jesus chest.