Drawn to the Word

DRAWN TO THE WORD is the artistic ministry and mission of Paul Oman, pastor and professional artist. Paul creates larger-than-life sized murals of any Bible story or theme in less than an hour as audiences are engaged by watching the process. The Biblical story comes to life before your eyes, impacting lives and congregations in profound ways.

You choose the theme; PAUL paints the story. Events are planned in conjunction with the congregation/event host involving musical talent of the congregation and community, or Paul can provide a pre-scripted event with music and narrations.

To see a story created on canvas before your eyes is a unique and powerful experience which brings people of all ages and denominations together.

Paul paints during worship services, educational events, retreats, special events such as weddings, anniversaries, and retirements, youth gatherings, conferences, college choral performances, camps, outdoor settings, memorial events, outreach events, disaster relief efforts, school and corporate events, and more.

He has painted during choral performances of the Wartburg College Choir and with musicians/singers/songwriters/bands on stage.

Paul’s painting process compliments most styles of music, worship, and events, from contemporary to high liturgical, and from outdoor street events to camps and professional concert appearances.

All-Community Mural

THE ALL-COMMUNITY MURAL is a natural outflow of Drawn to the Word. Instead of Paul doing the painting, the community comes together and creates a magnificent paint by number mural. The mural can then be used for worship, can be painted to change with lighting (think glow in the dark or blacklight effects), and is perfect for using for a variety of events including community concerts, drama performances, children’s programs, special events, and more.

Bring your congregation or community together with the power of art.

Teaching And Presentations

Bring teaching to life with a co-mingling of art and biblical presentation at your next retreat, workshop, school or community event, and more with a Diving Deeper session. Paul will bring the stories and teachings alive in the same manner as Drawn to the Word events. Diving Deeper is a more intimate and teaching-focused opportunity for luncheons, keynote speaker needs, and so much more.

Every opaque object that is devoid of color partakes of the color of that which is opposite to it, as happens with a white wall.

LEONARDO DA VINCI, ITALIAN
1452-1519

I can’t expect even my own art to provide all the answers - only to hope it keeps asking the right questions.

GRACE HARTIGAN, AMERICAN
1922-1908

I like to make an image that's so simple you can't avoid it, and so complicated you can't figure it out.

ALEX KATZ, AMERICAN
BORN 1927

If one could only reproduce nature, and always with less beauty than the original, why paint at all?

GEORGIA O'KEEFFE, AMERICAN
1887-1986

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

PABLO RUIZ Y PICASSO, SPANISH
1881-1973

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.

PAUL KLEE, SWISS
1879-1940

You are lost the instant you know what the result will be.

JUAN GRIS, SPANISH
1887-1927

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.

FERDINAND-VICTOR-EUGENE DELACROIX, FRENCH
1798-1863

When you lose simplicity, you lose drama.

ANDREW WYETH, AMERICAN
1917-2009

All colors are the friend of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.

MARC CHAGALL, FRENCH (BORN RUSSIA)
1895-1985

The sun will not rise and set without my notice, and thanks.

WINSLOW HOMER, AMERICAN
1836-1910

I paint not by sight, but by faith. Faith gives you sight.

AMOS FERGUSON, BAHAMIAN
1920-2009

Commission a Painting

Commission Paul to paint a large-scale painting of nearly any size (such as a huge painting of the Feeding of the 5000, or a landscape along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, or any Bible story or theme) to go on a wall in your building that needs some life. This painting can teach and preach 24/7/365 for your organization.

Mural Lending Library

Borrow a Mural Program

Paul runs a Mural Lending Library for a nominal fee.

What People Are Saying

I'm not artistic at all, but I get to have a little share in something that is going to be a really big thing! Paul H.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Amery, WI

It's fun working together with everyone on the mural! Natalie P.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Amery, WI

What a joy-filled project!  People of all ages, working side by side, with all levels of skill and mastery culminating in a vivid, artistic display of God’s rich promises for our lives. Heather Eggert

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Amery, WI

The All-Community Mural was an exercise in community, grace, and living into the gifts given to us by our Creator God! It was an experience full of the Holy Spirit—watching as people of all ages came together to touch brush to canvas, to laugh and talk and share, to unify their joy in the coming Savior in the creation of a work of art—a reminder that no matter who we are, Emmanuel calls us all to the same space: the foot of the cross. Holly Stoner

Director of Faith Formation, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Amery, WI

As beautiful as our completed mural was, I believe the even more significant aspect of this project was the process used to create it. The simplicity of the mural's "paint-by-number" made it possible for both – Sunday School kids and 80-year-olds to add their brush strokes to the canvas.

As a community of faith, we worked side by side to create an extraordinary painting telling the story of God's love for us. Paul's design of the mural and encouraging oversight generated great excitement for all involved in the project. Pastor Keith Ruehlow

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Amery, WI

The highlight of the project was the way people got involved, not just from our church, but friends from the community got interested in being part of the project. Jim Osborn

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Amery, WI

Featuring Paul in our worship was one of the most engaging, meaningful experiences our congregation has had in years. Paul’s gifts of painting and presence are amazing, and the good news shines through him. Dan Poffenberger

Senior Pastor, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, Prior Lake MN

Very humbling and emotional. Extremely moving. Stunning, amazing and beautiful!

Wow!

Words cannot express how touched I am in my heart. Anonymous

Participant

If we have Paul again, I will invite 20 of my closest friends! Participant

from MN

This was the perfect worship event by which to remember our loved ones. Participants

from throughout the United States

Your ministry inspired faith in the new generation. This highest of priorities is fulfilled in what you do – Thanks be to God! Philip Blom

Pastor (retired)

My four-year-old was mesmerized for the entire time! She kept telling me every part of the story as Paul painted it. A Mom

from WI

So emotional, it brought me to tears. Participant

from WI

The whole story came to life before my eyes! Participant

from WI

I was simply carried into prayer by the colors. Dirk Lange

Professor of Worship, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

Our Lord Jesus painted pictures in our minds when he told parables. Paul puts these depictions on canvas to bring Christ’s images to bear on our lives. Christopher Croghan

Professor of Religion, Sioux Falls, SD

Thank you for including the choirs in the powerful worship. Everyone is still talking about it throughout the community! Lee Nelson

DMA Zahn Chair of Choral Conducting, Wartburg College, Waverly, IA

I was amazed, and when completed I looked with amazement on the painting! Both young and old sat mesmerized. This is a great event for the whole church! Pastor Dave Williams

Hope Evangelical Free Church, Osceola, WI

We were truly blessed to have Paul come to our parish to paint the Road to Emmaus story during the Easter Season – an awesome experience! Andrea Bleck

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Catawba, WI

Captivating! Watching Paul open up the story of the Scriptures through his painting held our congregation spellbound. Pastor Neil Craigan

First Presbyterian Church, White Bear Lake, MN

Paul’s heart shines through in a dynamic way as he allows the Spirit to create through him a Gospel message that jumps off the canvas and penetrates straight to the heart. Steve Dornbusch

Pastor (retired), Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, MN

It was a profound coming together of the audible and visible Word. Pastor Dwight Hanson

Hope Lutheran Church, Ladysmith, WI

My kids came home and told us all about it, how awesome it was! Parent

Concordia Int’l School, Shanghai, China

Jesus has called and is powerfully using Paul’s incredible gifts to revive a hunger for His living, active Word. Pastor Wendy Berthelsen

President of Call Inc., Dallas, TX

That was the most amazing thing I have ever seen! Ten-year-old worship attendee

Clayton, WI

Contact Paul to schedule a Drawn to the Word or All-Community Mural Event.