I spent my youth in the beautiful countryside of Korea, which is rich with the emotion that I hope is captured in my paintings. I started painting in middle school and spent much of my time growing up drawing.
After I became an adult, I began to worry about the path my life would lead, so I prayed. Through the inspiration I gained while painting, I decided I would live a life devoted to bringing glory to God. Even though I didn’t formally study painting, I felt I had been blessed with natural talent and aesthetic taste and I began a life as a Christian artist.
With much love and affection for my family, I strive to live as an example of a devoted Christian father. My family includes my wife, a daughter who aspires to be an animator, and a son who hopes to be a guitarist.
The main theme and focus of my paintings are consistently and primarily Jesus Christ and Christianity. Co-artists have asked me if it was necessary to intentionally include Christ in every piece. They have even suggested I remove Christ and paint a likeness or euphemism of him. In a world with an increasing culture of violence and darkness, in addition to decreasing bright and clean depictions of religion, I want to shed Christ’s light on this new generation. So I deal with subjects of Christ, as the “Good Shepherd” with His flock and Christ’s “Love and Grace”, and “Beautiful Christ” as major themes.
Rather than the world’s standard of a heavy and grim depiction of Jesus Christ, I seek to work with that which is easy to understand, that which resonates with the sympathies and emotions we feel. Rather than complex or difficult art, I focus on a bright, righteous, and beautiful idea of Christ, utilizing portrayals of familiar scenes of nature to help it enter the heart of the observer.
Havenlight is a new name in art for old friends. We’ve been in the business of helping people find inspiration through art since 1978. Today, we are a family of art service and publishing companies with the sole purpose of providing you access to the finest inspirational artists, experiences, and fine art products. We are artists, galleries, websites, printers, publishers and frame makers that can deliver you the entire palette of art, ranging from an inspiring set of Christmas Cards to the finest work of Original Art.
We first met as Frameworks or Repartee Gallery, when we were voted one of the Top Ten Frameshops in America. We learned customer service face to face on the gallery floor and custom framed our art knowing it would be displayed in the homes and businesses of our friends and families.
We started an art publishing company because we could not find the inspirational art our customers desired. Expanding into book, gift and other art-based goods was a simple evolution of serving the same desire. Today our reach may be a bit broader, but the quality and care of the custom framing offered though our websites and galleries is still created with the ideal that every customer is our neighbor.
You do not need to be an expert to select and enjoy a work of art, you simply need to choose a work that moves you. In doing so, it will illuminate the space in which it hangs and share that light of inspiration with those around you.
That’s what we do as well. We are Havenlight and our mission is art.