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Wayne Brezinka’s art has most recently been seen on
Barlow Girl’s latest album, Our Journey So Far, and Sara
Groves’, Fireflies and Songs, for which he received a Dove
nomination for CD packaging. His work has also appeared
in publications like the New York Times, The LA Times and
countless others. CCM sat down with this accomplished
artist for his take on worshipping through different
mediums, specifically, visual art.
CCM: As a visual artist, what’s your take on the use of
different artistic mediums in worship?
Wayne: I feel that the medium itself is irrelevant. What
matters is how I, or any given artist, direct and care for the
flow of ideas and creativity. Whatever medium one decides
to use is secondary. Allowing one-self to be open spiritually
and connected to God is most necessary. In doing so, the
visual creative process is and becomes worship in and of
CCM: How did you get into this type of work?
Wayne: I’ve always been creative. There was a lot of chaos
and uncertainty in my home while growing up, so I think I
used art as an escape and a form of comfort. When I became
a teenager, I discovered Christian music and fell in love with
artists like Russ Taff, Mylon Lefevere, The Rez Band and
WhiteHeart. I began to dream about what it might be like to
design CD packaging for these artists. After graduating from
college and working a few odd jobs, I decided to give it a go
and move to Nashville. Three years after arriving in town, I
landed my dream job at EMI Records as an Art Director and
haven’t looked back since.
CCM: When working on art for a music project, what do you
try to pull out or represent visually?
Wayne: Every music project is different. The approach
varies with each of the many factors involved. I prefer to
speak directly with the recording artist prior to beginning,
although sometimes this isn’t possible. Record labels,
management and marketing folks all play a role in the
artist’s career and can sometimes be involved in my
process as well. I always ask what the musician is wanting
to communicate and what message they want to convey
with the album. Is there a theme throughout the project or
a particular lyric that drives it? Do they want a photo on the
cover or an artistic take?
CCM: What guidance or advice would you pass along to an
up and coming artist?
Wayne: Create. Always create. Figure out what it is exactly
that you want and do something everyday to move towards
your dream. Always return your phone calls and your e-mail
correspondence because you never know who you might be
working for one day!
morE tHan a song
sEE morE of waynE’s work at brezinkaDesign.com