Pursuing Goodness, Truth, and Beauty through the Fine Arts
Founded in 2014, By the Lion Arts is an enterprise dedicated to Pursuing Goodness, Truth, and Beauty through the Fine Arts.
Most of us don't need to be convinced that we live in a dark world. Even on the odd off day when the news isn't full of terror and tragedy, life is hard. At By the Lion Arts, we believe that art has - and words and music in particular have - great power to comfort, strengthen, and teach us in the midst of that terror, tragedy, and struggle.
I've been writing - or making up stories - since I was small enough to sit in a highchair, and I've been studying vocal music since I was fourteen. On January 20th, 2007, a series of ideas and pictures in my head came together and started growing into a novel (still in progress) whose working title is The Ruler's Mark. In December of 2013, I released a Christmas album called In the Bleak Midwinter. As other writing and vocal projects started presenting themselves to me, I found myself longing for something to provide unity and direction to all my creative endeavors - and thus was By the Lion Arts conceived.
Our mission at By the Lion Arts is to find stories - told through music, the written word, or other media - that point to a larger reality beyond the terror and tragedy, and to offer them to all who find their way dark and their burden heavy.
You - and the darkness you face and the burdens you carry - are welcome here. If anything you find here manages to lighten your load, I will consider this venture a success.
As a wise man once said: Further up and further in.
-Hannah Frances DeVol Thomas