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Artist's Statement

Diane Shields Spears, Doctor of Christian Education




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Artistic Signature
We are told that each person's handwriting and signature is uniquely personal, and that experts can determine the nature of individuals by their handwriting, especially their signatures. This is probably still in the realm of pseudo-science, but general characteristics of a person can be determined even by those who are not experts in this field. The same, I believe, holds true for the visual artist. Each artist has a personal "artistic signature" in the kind of line, shape, volume, color, etc. that is chosen. This artistic signature is the artist's personal style.

By reason of this artistic signature, an image can have spiritual content, even if the subject matter is not spiritual. Therefore, in addition to a personal artistic signature, images by a Christian artist will also reveal a spiritual signature because of who he or she is in Christ. If the subject matter is not "religious", viewers can discern spiritual content intuitively. This has little to do with the artist's skill.

Most of my artworks are traditional/representational. There are a few scattered non-representational pieces that I love painting as well. The traditional images are realistic, but, for the most part, not photographic, letting my personal artistic signature show. Impressionism and post-impressionism have influenced my development. Once in awhile my images approach photographic, but always with brush strokes visible for texture. I want to give myself permission to experiment. I've painted many landscapes in a series entitled "Stained Glass Forest" in which the negative space between the branches is treated as positive space. I believe this conveys the idea of the complexity of God's world while presenting a "new" way of thinking about a landscape for the viewer. The moon is prominent in many of my landscapes representing the fact that like the moon we borrow our light from the Lord. I hone my observation skills by the challenges inherent in making still life images believable. In images of people I attempt to portray the mood of the subject, thus reflecting the human condition, but with hope and dignity. I rarely do a portrait photographic likeness, even though the images look like the subject, because I would rather interpret a subject than do a photographic likeness, leaving that for the camera. I choose to present images that will cause the viewer to think on things that are lovely and of a good report (Philippians 4:8) rather than on political or morally controversial subjects.

I believe that my subject matter, executed with skill, can glorify God, whether or not the subject is "religious." This is not an excuse for not doing all religious subjects. Instead, it liberates me to wait for true inspiration from God through daily communion in the Word and through prayer, rather than turn out uninspired works. We all know there are too many images in this world that do not glorify God. I desire all of my artworks to glorify our God, the Creator of the Universe.