Alan is a man of many parts: economist, sociologist, philospher. At college he taught us Sociology, Family Perspectives, and Pastoral Studies. He has a knack of looking at things in a fresh way, and of bringing a biblically informed Christian mind to any topic.
Various paintings by Alan were dotted around the college in our time (including this one on the right), but here in the village where he lived, was a wonderful display of his creativity (I'll come back to that) displayed in the church, the village hall, and the churchyard.
What was really good, in addition to seeing Alan, and his wife, Elaine, again, was hearing Alan's explanation of his work.
In his terms, it is not so much his creativity that is on display, but God's. What Alan has been trying to do is to display the infinite creativity of the creator God.
In my view, he has done that brilliantly. Scroll down for a bit more of the wonderful exhibition we enjoyed last Sunday:
|Jesus teaching the crowds|
|John Stott, bible teacher|
And finally the artist himself (middle):