Jesus in Pencil

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Gary L. Clark is an author. After a thirty year career he retired to write a novel. He then joined a counselor-in-training program at the local community mental health center and worked three years as a substance abuse counselor. He retired again and has written two more novels. He recently completed the annotation of a self-help book on faith-based self-help. Two published novels (available on address social justice. Mr. Clark is the Editor of He lives in St. Joseph, Missouri.

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Jesus in Pencil

Art – That element of human communications dubiously defined by subjection.  Kitch – that which we all know is scorned by people who identify themselves as artists – that is how we know it is kitch.

Jesus – That man who changed the world.  Apparently a historical figure, the likeness of Jesus has been debated for centuries, or a long time.    The debate is usually one of cultural definition.  White Europeans, for example, have often depicted Jesus as a Caucasian male.   But Jesus was born in the middle east – was he not?  Would he therefore look more like Osama Bin Laden than Jimmy Stewart?

Art is funny in other ways.  There is this thing they call ‘artist license’.  A good example is the daVinci interpretation of the Last Supper.  Who believes that these men all sat on the same side of the table?  But it is okay because artists have told us it is not kitch.  So there you are.

I recently dug up these pictures at an estate sale.  I have no idea who the author is or any idea of his intent.  I will leave the interpretation to artists of more skill than I.

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