Isolation, colored pencil
I did the drawing above soon after graduating college. Little did I know in that moment that this would end up one of my most definitive works. I say that because it speaks to my experiences as an artist, as well as a disciple of Christ. To explain that let me offer this quote. . .
“The parables, as sometimes understood, were not earthly illustrations that shed light on otherwise inscrutable spiritual realities, in fact, they hid as much as they illuminated, and they were tools that separated those genuinely seeking God from the religiously complacent, or merely curious. The parables revealed the divide between these groups. Those who were just entertainment seekers went away puzzled, but for those who were earnestly seeking God, the parables became means for further exploration and pursuit of Jesus.” -Adam S. McHugh
As an artist, I really do identify with how Jesus taught. As many of my art professors would tell me, there is a real narrative quality to your work. Not only that, but I have encountered many a complacent person who are unwilling to look past their own nose to discern the meaning of my “visual parables” if you will.
Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. -John 10:6
Jesus clearly understood the value of people discovering things for themselves, as opposed to just handing them that knowledge. Not that it made people’s unwillingness any less disheartening to him. A feeling I can relate to as well. So I try to do as he did when it comes to my visual language, to treat it as he did his parables.