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Where to begin?

That was the question I asked myself many times over the last few weeks as I composed a talk on the creative process.

I started answering the question by asking it right back to myself:

When I am making something…where do I begin?

As I jotted down pages of notes in preparation, there were a couple points that I really wanted to make sure I communicated clearly. But the one thing that I wanted people to hear more than…


I spent most of my artistic life out of the church, or rather, I spent it in tension with the church. Mainly because I was always so disappointed by the contemporary works of people of faith. Their work always seemed to strike me as myopic - not painting a holistic picture of life on earth. It seemed to lack depth and in my estimation, truth.

Complicating matters further, I now work in a church.

Now it is my job…