I was able to connect recently with an incredible artist named Noah. He has applied his gifts in many different formats, as his bio explains better than anything I can write…
“Born and raised in Orange County, California, the artist known as Noah has emerged as one of the hottest talents to hit the fine art market and custom art scene. Noah first earned local recognition in the early nineties for setting up his easel in neighborhood coffee shops around Costa Mesa and painting portraits of famous celebrities for throngs of fascinated patrons. His portraiture caught the eye of collectors like Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Craig T. Nelson, ZZ Top, and the Black Crowes. Soon after, corporate clients came knocking. Lexus Motor Cars, Levi’s and Toyota, among many others, commissioned Noah to enhance their corporate collections and in 2004 he painted the famous pink “Suki” car in Universal Pictures’ 2 Fast 2 Furious. Noah’s ‘body art,’ created for clients like Red Bull Energy Drink and recording artist Pink – he adorned her body with tattoos for a recent music video, has similarly exposed his talent to a broader audience.
Among Noah’s most recognized achievements are the ‘rolling canvases’ created for Alpine Electronics. These radically altered vehicles have won numerous automobile awards, such as ‘Best Paint’ at SEMA in Las Vegas for four years running. His art is featured in every episode of A and E’s ‘Inked’ and he is the official painter for Fuente Cigars. In addition, Noah has partnered with ten, world-renowned French wineries to showcase each producer in an elegant, limited-edition of prints. Perhaps most impressively, Noah recently became the fastest selling artist for the Walt Disney Company. his limited-edition Disney character prints can be purchased at Disneyland Resort as well as Walt Disney World.”
You can check out his website at noahfineart.com
Jeremy: Tell us something odd/unique about you.
Noah: Iâ€™d love to open an ice creamery one day. I would love to make the highest quality ice cream and the greatest throwback environment as possible. A place where families can meet to talk about life and build memories. I’m a sucker for old school 1940â€™s decor and branding.
Jeremy: How does your faith affect the creative process for you?
Noah: The creative process is allowing the holy spirit to do his work through me. Iâ€™m along for the ride. The best part is that I don’t get hung up on taking risks, He takes huge risks. The bigger the risks, the bigger the rewards. In being a creative you have to constantly be taking things to a new level. You have to evolve and go to the next level.
Jeremy: Do you think people are born leaders or develop into leaders?
Noah: I think people are wired to be leaders but settle for the comfort of not â€œanswering the call to action.â€ God has given us a life to steward yet most, around 99%, bow out and go with the flow of culture and the world. If you are at war, which we are, you are either firing your gun or you are a target. Leaders look beyond today and think proactively on how today effects the rest of their life. They realize todayâ€™s actions are tomorrows results. I am driven because of the mission God has entrusted to me to steward. As time goes on, people are refined into dynamic lifestyles that influence the kingdom.
Jeremy: How can people put themselves into a position to influence culture?
Noah: In order to have influence I believe you have to know who you are and what to have to offer. Take Jesus for example: He knew who he was, he knew what he was supposed to do and knew how to do it. That model is key in a persons makeup/identity and how they â€œinfluence.â€ I believe that if you deal with your false self or false identity of being a poser and ask God to reveal your â€œtrueâ€ identity as He sees you you then can move into authority and calling. That’s when influence happens. Too many people get wrapped up in â€œministryâ€ thinking they are having influence when in fact they have prematurely filled someone elseâ€™s role or have become â€œbusy for the Lordâ€ for the sake of being â€œbusy.â€ True influence is knowing who you are, what you are supposed to do and then doing it with authority. God took me through the meat grinder because I asked him to. I was stripped, disarmed and rebuilt according to His vision, design and assignment. God isnâ€™t into the fixing business. Heâ€™s into restoring.
Jeremy: Why are you a follower of Jesus Christ?
Noah: Because He died to save a wretch like me. I cannot believe Iâ€™m here and He chose me before the foundations of the earth. He could have put someone else. Instead, He appointed me and gave me a gift that I donâ€™t deserve. He died so I could live. I owe Him everything but more important the fact that I have inherited all that He is just blows me away. This life is not mine. The more people can realize that the simpler their life will become. They wear themselves out to become self sufficient and rich when it NEVER works. There is freedom in Christ. We were designed that way anyways!
Jeremy: What do you do personally to fuel your spiritual life?
Noah: Find people disengaged from the reality of Christ. I love rallying around guys and people who are burnt out on the church and life. I get fired up around guys that are â€œabout their Fathers businessâ€ more than their own. Times of solitude and music really help me abide in Him. Itâ€™s like crawling up in His lap. I get really clear direction and insight into his will.
Jeremy: What is your hope for the future of the Church in America?
Noah: That they would keep it simple. More than anything that they would teach how to â€œbe the churchâ€ Monday through Saturday. To me, Church is where I go to worship and lock arms with others that want to fellowship. I donâ€™t go there get fed. A lot do. Being the church means realizing you wear an identity, his name, his appearance and message in ALL that we are and do. Itâ€™s everything. Not some or sometimes. Everyone has put God in a box and on a shelf pulling Him down when they are in trouble and need help. They see God as a crutch or weakness. The Hope comes when we realize that the bible is the biggest love letter to us that anyone can imagine and the more we can point others to it the better the â€œchurchâ€ will be. There is a saying â€œIâ€™d rather see a sermon than hear one.â€
Jeremy: Should we abandon the use of the word “Christian” for a better term? If so, what?
Noah: I prefer â€œfollower of Christâ€. When it comes to men, if you use the term â€œchristianâ€, youâ€™ll pretty much think of a bunch of â€œnice guysâ€. I take the spiritual battle we are in seriously. Nice guys wonâ€™t be on the front line â€œaskingâ€ to go into battle. If we donâ€™t carry out his mission and fight, who will? Everyone in the church defaults to thinking someone else will take care of it. Iâ€™m not one of them. This revolution is happening. I want to be at the front of it and Iâ€™m locking arms with anyone who wants to lock arms and shed their false self and allow themselves to be emptied so the Holy Spirit can operate through them. Typically youâ€™ll find women running churches while men stay closed mouthed and disengaged. Men wonâ€™t get vulnerable because they may be â€œfound out.â€ Instead they turn into ghost as they listen to the lies of the enemy and they sell their soul for a false identity. The enemy loves this because they canâ€™t fight. However, if men find men they can dismantle false self with, sit with the Lord and have their true identity instilled in them, they become engaged as a part of Godâ€™s army. What could be better than a life of waking up saying, â€œI know who I am, what I am supposed to do and how I am supposed to do it.â€ In turn, your efforts produce eternal rewards reaping you an eternity blessing because you heard Him say â€œwell done. You answered the call to action. you obeyed. you finished strong.â€
Jeremy: What blogs/websites do you regularly check?
Noah: Only a few: Oswald Chambers, C.S. Lewis and the blog my buddy Brandon and I started www.fightclublife.org
Jeremy: Which books have shaped your thinking?
Noah: Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby; My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers; Facts of The Matter by Dwight Hill; The Strength Finder 2.0; Wild at Heart by John Eldridge
Jeremy: What music moves you?
Noah: Current album; Be Lifted High by Bethel Music Group. That album will take you the the thrown room! I listen to a great deal of different kinds of music: Ambient electronica, classical , drum and bass, pop, alternative. Mostly stuff like Brian eno, Jonsi and Alex, hammock.
Jeremy: Any other thoughts or advice?
Noah: Answer the call. Life isnâ€™t about about asking God to change our circumstances. Itâ€™s about God using circumstances to change us.