I currently live in Orange County in South California, USA.
I have been painting all my life on various media and in the last
few years have been creating works of art digitally. The results
of this are presented in this active and growing web site that
started in July 1998. It is a mix of digital painting, 3D graphics,
and digital photography. I am married and have 5 children.
I am an active Christian, and this web site is an expression
of my faith. When it was started in July 1998, I had the idea of creating
desktop wallpaper for Christians to use on their computer with
bible verses. This way they could express their faith in turn
on their PC. I also know that images are used in churches, Sunday
schools, and in both for-profit and non-profit publications.
A note on the artwork itself: most are a development of ideas
had at the time they were created, and could be influenced by
mood, sights seen, suggested bible verses, and so on. Something
I attempt is to remind visitors who God really is and what he
has done for us, and to encourage and reassure Christians in their
faith. Through all the e-mails I receive I know this is happening.
I also know different people like and dislike different images
and the verses that go with them. I have a theory which I repeat
on the welcome page of this web site - take two extremes: some
Christians feel guilty, and need to be reassured and encouraged.
Other Christians are overconfident and arrogant, and need to feel
guilty. The bible is full of verses for both cases and all combinations
in between. Therefore don't just accept that there are verses
you like or dislike, but also that in exploring this web site,
you will find out a little about yourself, and where you are with
you walk with God.
I sometimes get contacted by people saying they knew a John
Bell and asking if I am he. If this applies to you here is my
vague life history to help you decide: Born late 1960's and lived
in central/east Africa until I was 12. (My parents worked for
a UK missionary organization - CMS). Lived in UK until 30 before
moving to the USA. Schools I attended are St. Andrew's School,
Turi, Kenya; Christ's Hospital, Horsham, England; Aston University,
Birmingham, England. Companies worked for: British Telecom Research
Labs at Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, England; Philips, Cambridge,
England; Philips, Fremont & Sunnyvale, California; Conexant then
Skyworks, Orange County, California; Qualcomm, San Diego. Attended
churches in London, Birmingham, Colchester, Ipswich, Cambridge
(all in England), Fremont, and Irvine. Attended summer camps on
the north Norfolk coast and Lee Abbey, Devon - both England.
Updated July 2005.