NORMAN — Bro. Herman Clymer knows that by the work he is currently doing, he has answered God’s calling.
A native Oklahoman, Clymer said that he has done pretty much every job imaginable. He has attended the Oklahoma University, the University of Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a major in industrial arts and a double minor in art and English. He’s also taken graduate courses at Oklahoma State University.
“I served my country as a U.S. Army paratrooper from 1961 to 1964 with an honorable discharge,” Clymer said.
Professionally, Clymer said that he has been a safety and industrial engineer, engineering draftsman, technical illustrator and public and junior college teacher. Until his health declined, Clymer was primarily painting cars.
“I was getting short of breath. I thought I had a cold — this was in January. So I went into the hospital and they said I had some blocked arteries, so they were going to put some stints in. The stints wouldn’t go in, so they said they were going to have to do a quadruple heart bypass,” Clymer said.
As Clymer recuperates, he works daily on his partnership of three years with evangelist Marilyn Hunter — H&M Biblical Expressions.
“She and I were doing an evangelistic prayer ministry in the community when she asked me if I would make her a sign for the ministry,” Clymer said. “I painted her some signs and she said, ‘Wow, I didn’t know you could do stuff like that.’ I’ve been doing it my whole life, but I’ve been doing it on cars. She said, ‘Why don’t you do it for the Lord?’ I said, ‘Well, I’m with the Lord, so I might as well.’”
Since then, Clymer has spent his days dedicated to creating images from the Bible that are centered on Genesis and Revelations. All the illustrations are handmade and done in quill and ink pen, graphite and colored pencil. The illustrations are crafted on parchment paper.
“The way I do it, I just read the scripture literally. ‘The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood.’ I drew the old kind of car flames because that’s what I always did,” said Clymer, a resident of Blanchard.
Clymer said those in possession of his works include T.D. Jakes, bishop/chief pastor of The Potter’s House, a non-denominational megachurch with 30,000 members in Dallas, televangelist Benny Hinn and Tulsa pastor Sharon Daugherty.
A natural-born storyteller, Clymer, 69, said it takes one week to do an illustration. He’s made special orders, magnets and Sunday school books.
“I’m doing it for the Lord. That’s it. I want him to have all the glory. I don’t care if they never know my name, and I mean that. God gets all of the credit because I can’t draw that stuff; he did every bit of that. What little money I got, I spend it on this. I’ve been blessed. If it just saves one person, I’m happy about that,” said Clymer, who attends Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Blanchard.
For more information on H&M Biblical Expression, call 903-742-5332.