Ariel created the NH Sermon art this past Easter Sunday. Find more of his art on instagram @ajrom33. We interviewed him about his work and process:
“My creative process starts with a rough idea and a lot of sketching. I rarely know what the final product will look like. It’s a lot of trial and error and seeing where the design or composition takes me. I spend a lot of time sketching, erasing, re-sketching and feeling out what works. It’s kind of a dance in that way.
As I begin a project, I pray about it. A lot of times as I’m working, I want to listen to the voice of God. This might mean that as I’m sketching, I’ll feel a stirring to either do something or not do something artistically. More often than not, it’s to not focus on a certain project. I might have a random idea as I create and think, ‘That’d be really cool’. But then I feel a stirring to not focus on that or spend my time on it at the moment and that I’m supposed to spend my time on another project.
In my view, art making is just one form of creation. I think of God as a creator. That's one the first things that we learn about him in Genesis: “In the beginning he created the heavens and the earth”. We see him as a creative God who is always making things new. For me to create, I’d like to think that I’m reflecting the nature of God in that way.”