Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Sure On This Shining Night

Oil on Canvas

Sure on this shining night
Of starmade shadows round,
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground.
The late year lies down the north. 
All is healed, all is health.
High summer holds the earth.
Hearts all whole.
Sure on this shining night 
I weep for wonder 
Wandering far alone
Of shadows on the stars.

– James Agee

Choral Arrangement by by Morten Lauridsen

Saturday, March 2, 2019


Oil on Panel with Palette Knife

Luke 9:28-36

Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 
And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became 
dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared 
in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 
Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, 
they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, 
Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, 
one for Moses, and one for Elijah"--not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, 
a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 
Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!" 
When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days 
told no one any of the things they had seen.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Love Your Enemies

Oil on Canvas Panel

Luke 6:27-38

Jesus said, "I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 
bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, 
offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 
Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them 
again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those 
who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? 
For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, 
what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 
But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. 
Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind 
to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. 
Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, 
pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure 
you give will be the measure you get back."


In this Sunday's scripture, Jesus continues to turn the world upside down 
with the call to love our enemies. I recently heard "love" defined as 
"willing the good for the other." (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

This abstract painting expresses the struggle to live out that calling. 

How does the call to love our enemies conflict with our definitions of justice and fairness? 
How does this calling translate in abusive situations?
How much of a difference would living this calling make in today's polarized society?
How different would the world be if we actually loved our enemies? 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Rhapsody In Blue

24x24 Diptych
Oil on Canvas

Said goodbye to these new blue beauties at the Lipscomb Art Event last week.
Abstract pair based on Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Miracle Catch

Oil on Panel

Luke 5:1-11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in 
on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen 
had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one 
belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down 
and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, 
"Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." Simon answered, 
"Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will 
let down the nets." When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were 
beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. 
And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, 
he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!" 
For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 
and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. 
Then Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people." 
When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Mirror Dim

Oil on Panel

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.

1 Corinthians 13:12

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Christ Reads from Isaiah

Oil on Panel

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country.  He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read,  and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, 

because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.  Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”