Terrell O’Brien (left) visits his neighbors Lucielle and Sparky McCullough who he led to a profession of faith in Christ. O’Brien and his wife are Mission Service Corps missionaries in Wyoming. Photo by John Swain
PAVILLION, Wyo. (BP)--With the deft skill of a trained artisan, Terrell O'Brien selects a sculpting tool, cutting here, smoothing there, adding clay or taking it away as the design he has in mind begins to take shape.
When he has completed the sculpture in this small version, he is ready to begin work on what will become a larger-than-life version. O’Brien is an artist who produces monumental sculptures for clients across North America involving historical figures, children, western themes, biblical characters or, his favorite, wildlife.
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Missionary Terrell O’Brien supports his family as a commercial sculptor, which allows him to serve as pastor of Warm Valley Baptist Church without a salary. His sculptures, which typically are larger than life-size, can be found in homes, businesses and cities across the country. Photo by John Swain
“After completing the clay models, I make the molds which a foundry will use to cast these works in bronze,” he says as he takes a break from his work.
When the phone rings and he begins talking with one of his church members, however, his real love comes into play. His calling to bivocational ministry is what drives his life, and his love of art is what provides his income. Without O’Brien’s studio, it would be difficult to support his wife Vickie and their family in a state where jobs are hard to come by. Read More