I was invited by John Howard Sanden to become part of this website in 1997.  

It was an honor to be invited by an artist of John's stature. (click here)


Stephen Shelby Sawyer

"I do pretend to understand when I don’t pretend to serve."  This is my funny way of saying that I deliberately serve others without understanding who, how many, and where people will ultimately be affected by that service.

I also gladly admit that there are times when I get so involved with my part that I think I understand things and even indicate to others that I understand things when I later discover, usually in private moments of silence, that I didn't have a clue.  

None of us can truly know with our five senses the ramifications of our service to others.  Knowing what's in store for us and how well we did should not be our concern.

Our motivation to serve others with a glad heart, in the deliberate "second mile of service" should be service for its own sake.

God serves and loves us.

This is why the official trademarked slogan of ART for GOD is;  

"Serve God by Loving Man,

Serve Man by Loving God".  

 In my sixty plus years I have learned that the most important thing I can do is serve others with a glad heart.  Within that one task is the greatest commandment of all to me.  

Jesus said,  "I give you a new commandment, that you love others as I have loved you."

Jesus served and continues to serve us with a glad heart. That act of "doing" glorified the Father that dwelt within him.  Yes, we can be saved by grace but Jesus said, "Do unto others...".

"To do" is to act out the reality of love. Why else would God say, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."?

The bedrock of Christianity must one day become living as our Master bid us.  That simple yet supremely difficult command will allow God to grow freely and become inseparable from us.

 My work is my singular best attempt to serve you.  I am a pretty good painter.  Not as good as I would like but I believe that I tell a story fairly well with my paintings.