Can a Christian be an artist? Yes.
While contemporary culture suggests otherwise, artists can have faith in God. More specifically, you can be an artist and a Christian. The two are not mutually exclusive.
As part of my therapy, my counselor suggested I try taking up an artistic endeavor like drawing. Shrugging my shoulders, I chuckled. I probably haven’t drawn much of anything since 8th grade art class. I do recall having a keen interest in drawing at one point. I may have even talked to one of my uncles about it way back then. At the time, I was interested in race cars and I had sketched a few of them. If memory serves, I had mailed him copies of my work. His response seemed to be encouraging. But, I didn’t pursue it.
Artists on my mom’s side of the family include my mom, my aunt and my uncles. They all draw and paint. For years, mom worked with clay, creating unique sculptures. Me? —not so much. At least not until recently at the behest of my counselor.
I’ve also recently rekindled my love affair with photography. After high school, I took a year off. When I got ready to go to college, I chose to attend East Texas State University where I could perfect my photography craft. They had—and still do have an award-winning photography program—although nowadays the school operates as part of the Texas A&M. I had a burning desire to tell stories with pictures. However, life happened and I got distracted by my desires and addictions and photography quickly took a backseat to my extracurricular collegiate endeavors.
I am reading a book about Van Gogh. I had a Van Gogh(a print) hanging in a number of the places I drifted in and out of during the late 80s and early 90s. Something I learned from reading about Van Gogh is that faith served an important role in his life, particularly early on, and that many considered him to be very humble and focused on heavenly pursuits.
It’s impossible to discount the impact hope and suffering have had on art, including Van Gogh.
The lonely, lost, and lamenting artist on the verge of insanity is a by-product of the 19th century when the human race first contemplated its own existence apart from a transcendental support system. This naturally brought forth questions surrounding the absurdity of purposeless suffering.
I am still reading and learning how Van Gogh’s faith influenced his art and how his spiritual journey turned out, but I imagine that Van Gogh is not the lone artist to ever contemplate God. As a matter of fact, I bet the struggle with spiritual matters has impacted many artists of various artistic forms, guiding and directing their work.
What do you think? If you consider yourself to be a creative person, what role does your faith play in the work you create?
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Meanwhile, I pray you stay cool in the heat. Carry a few extra cold bottles of water with you wherever you go so that you can hand one out to someone who needs it.
I pray that the Lord shines His favor upon you today.
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