TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
As I’ve grown in my walk with God, I’ve felt increasingly driven to use my art as a reflection of my relationship with Him, considering that He is the one that gifted me with my passion for creativity. I have drawn for as long as I can remember, and began painting at a young age. Both oil and acrylic paints remain my favorite media to this day. As of late, I gravitate to depicting the human form as well as abstract work. We are made in the image of God, and I like to create art that reminds the viewer of our origin in Him. My journey into motherhood has also informed my relationship with God and therefore finds its way into my artwork.
I am a Houston-area native, and graduated from Houston Baptist University with a double major in art and accounting. My coworkers are surprised to find out I am an artist, as my day-to-day career is in the financial world of international tax. I’ve found that my art has improved my problem solving skills that can be applied to business, and business experience has improved my administrative and managerial skills that help me to lead as Assistant Director of the local arts organization, IMAGO (imagohouston.org).
WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND "The Loss"?
In 2014, I lost two close family members. In response to that loss, I leaned heavily on Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Loss is something we all encounter at some point in our lives, but it is never easily endured. We can find our comfort in reliance on the Lord as he reveals the blessings bestowed upon us even in those times of loss. The dark tendrils and crossing lines are the sadness and depression that can result from the loss which seems to separate us from God. However, if we continually seek him and rely on him for comfort, He reaches out toward us. The three faint circles are symbolic of the Trinity, and color is used in the piece to represent those blessings that are quietly revealed as the Lord helps us through our grief.
WHAT IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOK YOU HAVE EVER READ?
I don’t know if I’d qualify them as the most influential I’ve ever read, but a few recent books I’ve read that have encouraged additional reflection are The War of Art by Steven Pressfield and When Breath Becomes Air by Dr. Paul Kalanithi. Both have inspired introspection but in different ways.
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