Windows of opportunity have been scattered throughout my life, opening for me to become a successful artist and a visionary standing strong in what I believe. From a very young age, art has been my passion. Home schooled all my life, I was able to study my passion at home. At the age of twelve, I noticed my art was becoming meaningless, empty and unfulfilling. While on a mission trip later that year, my whole life was turned around. My worldview was confronted and my zeal for art slowly slipped away. This lost devotion for art was replaced with a burning desire to serve my Savior. Though growth was slow as a new Christian, God showed me that I could bring honor to Him using the artistic talent He had given me.
Starting as a four-year old sitting on the floor with crayons scattered around me, I began to follow, what I did not know at the time, my dream. I slowly grew into an aspiring artist putting all my free time into studying art techniques: watercolor, inks, acrylics, and both colored and graphite pencil. Progressing successfully, I won six first place awards at the Evergreen State Fair fine arts contest and placed well in numerous others. I had an acceptable head start in pursuing an artistic career, but my outlook on life was soon to change.
In the summer of 2005, while on a week-long mission trip in Bremerton, Washington, my beliefs were tested. People asked questions about my faith that made me literally question my own faith in Christ. Through this time of doubt, God showed me that I was pushing Him away from His rightful place as Lord and Leader of my life. I was spending more time shaping my artist talent, than I was reading my bible and praying for God to shape my life. Art had become my god. That week I chose to surrender my life completely to my new Savior.
After I got home from the mission trip, art seemed irrelevant to the life changing event that had just taken place. Daily learning new things about my new faith and slowly growing closer to my God changed many things in my life. One day while I was reading my Bible a verse stood out to me, “What has been will be again what has done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9. Through this verse I learned that, even though my art was nothing new, it could still bring honor to God. He re-sparked my zeal for art and challenged me to start a blog to share my art with others. God encouraged me to lay my life bare for people to see my testimony, I paint what God has laid on my heart, illustrating the world through a Christian perspective. In doing so, I show how to stand strong with God in a world of crazy and confusing art. I have accepted God’s challenge. I am willing to follow Him where ever he may lead.
Thou there were some ups and downs in my artistic endeavors, God has taken something that I used for selfish gain and turned into a mission to help others, calling them to stand strong in their God given faith.