I’m thrilled to be back on #inspirememonday talking about creativity! I’ve been creating as long as I can remember. As a little girl my mom would take rolls of paper stretching them across the floor from the kitchen to the living room. You name it, we made it! Throughout my years of education, I was blessed with incredible art & design teachers! My high school art teachers saw something in me I didn’t see in myself. This was the first time I was driven to use this gift for something greater!
I went to college clueless of what I wanted to study. I started as a design major but quickly ditched my computer to create hands on. I was a drawer, welder, weaver, ceramicist, painter but most importantly a printmaker. My days were used printing Lithography, Intaglio and Relief prints. I spent hours upon hours in the studio. This is where I realized the incredible connection I have to the Lord while creating, the way He created me. I had the realization that without Jesus, I wouldn’t be making artwork in the first place. The only reason I have this gift is because of Him, and what good would it be to use it for my glory instead of His? I had to examine my heart and make sure my pride wasn’t standing in front of the blessing that it could be to others. PRIDE. How easy it is for Satan to get a foothold in this area? In a world full of “ me’s,” “I’s,” and selfies, I personally know the struggle of putting Jesus on display when so much heart, time, and effort goes into every piece of work. It can be hard to find humility but it's oh so crucial!
It was clear to me that the calling on my life was to share the Gospel of Christ through art no matter the medium. I had no idea how this was going to happen! After undergrad, I spent nine months at a seminary program, The Kanakuk Institute, where the Lord continued to grow a desire in my heart to design. He was beyond faithful to connect me with Scarlet & Gold a couple months after graduating. I still look back in awe at how He orchestrated this union! Megan Smalley, the owner and founder took a HUGE leap of faith on me, bringing me on as their first intern and now full-time employee.