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Garden Prayers: Winter
Garden Prayers: Winter is a collection of 20 drawings from artist T.M. Givens. These pen-and-ink drawings, made at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California and colored at his studio in Upland, are “conversations with the living things in this living place,” says artist T.M. Givens.
“This is a beautiful and meditative book. The pictures are both spiritually grounded and aspirational. There is whimsy, beauty, respect for our natural world all found in these pictures from a winter garden in southern California.”
Bob Dalton, educator
“Some of us are overly enamored with crafting words into what we call prayer. What Terry Givens has created in this volume of Garden Prayers: Winter topples words and creates shapes. As I sifted through the pages of Terry’s meditations in art I viscerally experienced my heart leaping, and then a tug from an old wound unearthed, and then a deep knowing of connection with the Holy. It recalled my reliance on Paul’s wise counsel to the church in Rome (8:26) ‘…The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.’ What more could we hope for in the winter seasons of our lives? This treasure of a prayer book isn’t about thoughts or words but is rather experience of the sigh too deep for words that ties us inextricably to the Creator of all.”
Sharon Rhodes-Wickett, pastor
“Garden Prayers: Winter is a dynamic collection of profound artistic prayers, focused on trees and rocks in the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The drawings of the diverse, moving trees, rocks and flowers evoke a deep sense of the presence of the Creator. The gifted artist offers some views of lamentation, of leaning on the Mystery, of rocks hugging, and tending plants. His art truly are prayers, which are beautiful gifts to the observer and reader.”
Barbara Troxell, scholar
T.M. Givens has exhibited in a variety of media, with sculpture at the Ankrum Gallery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Chaffey College, and with drawings and paintings in a variety of galleries in Sacramento. In 2018, the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden exhibited his drawings in a changing exhibition titled “Terry Givens: 100 Garden Views.”
He has contributed many drawings to organizations, individuals, and businesses in and around Claremont. A collection of his political cartoons appear in the book Diary of a Mad House-Husband. In addition, he has curated exhibitions at the Rex Wignall Gallery in Ontario and the Riverside Art Museum. He taught art and photography in a variety of local elementary and secondary schools, as well as at local universities and colleges.
Terry and Carolyne Givens live in Upland.