"God has blessed Steve R. Skipper with both artistic talent and a spiritual sensitivity. He has captured God's miracle."
-- Civil Rights icon and former Ambassador Andrew Young
An amazing true story for anyone who struggles to break through personal, professional and spiritual barriers. Steve R. Skipper is one of America’s most prolific and honored painters. His works have hung in the Professional Football Hall of Fame, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, the U.S. Capitol, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and the Paul W. “Bear” Bryant Museum as well as in the National Art Museum of Sport, in NCAA headquarters, and in many other venues. They also grace the walls of private collectors and sports notables worldwide.
Thousands have purchased his inspiring Christian art. He has been commissioned to paint some of the biggest stars in sports from NASCAR, the NFL, professional golf, the NCAA, the Olympics, the NBA and others, ranging from Heisman Trophy winners to inductees into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
"I am so honored to unveil the Selma commemorative with you. The painting is absolutely glorious!"
--Ava Duvernay, director of the Academy Award-winning movie "Selma"
But there is so much more to this highly talented artist’s story. He became one of the first African-Americans to gain acceptance in the art world. Even more amazing, this gentle, soft-spoken man was once a member of the Crips, a violent street gang, their chief enforcer. The big transformation in Steve Skipper’s life—one that almost certainly saved his life—came at a simple church revival service, one he attended on a dare, more to mock than to listen. There, he experienced a deep religious experience that altered his self-destructive path completely.
"It is dramatic. It is powerful. It should inspire generations yet unborn."
-- Civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis
Today, with Steve Skipper’s message, his success, and his talent, he inspires millions. And now, with this book, his story and powerful testimony will reach even more who so desperately need to hear his message of determination, salvation, strength through Christ, and deliverance from the demons that hold them back.
Note that this book contains color reproductions of many of Steve Skipper's most compelling works of art.
"Steve R. Skipper is one of the most recognized artists in the southeast. We hope the Crimson Tide faithful will embrace this venture. We are pleased and honored to be a part of this venture."
-- University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban (on Steve's NCAA National College Football championship commemorative painting)