How I Painted Live at a Wedding

I’m a painter, and I love making live art. As in, while people watch. Yesterday I was hired to paint a couple’s “first dance” live at someone’s wedding reception. As guests cavorted on the dance floor, a woman approached me, astonished. She said emphatically: “I’m from Los Angeles. I’ve seen […]

6 Reasons for Art Ministry

And it’s not what you think. 6 Garden City teenagers with longboards were hanging out in our church lobby yesterday, which was a Saturday. There were 3 boys and 3 girls. They don’t go to a church. Last week one of our staff spotted the same kids in the sanctuary, […]

Three Questions Before Studying Art Ministry

Are artists born or made? Our culture tends to think they’re born. We put artists on a pedestal while hailing their predetermined genius. This mindset encourages a shallow, superstitious distance, and makes artists seem just weird. No, I think artists are mostly made. Mostly. I have met artists who were born a genius, […]

Because He First Loved Us

I’m an artist who works in the medium of people… and I’ve learned a few things. If the church loves artists—in all their glorious mess—artists will find hope & healing. Pictured in the frame is Alyee. When I met her 5 years ago, she was struggling for life and abandoned by her […]