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I've been drawing for as long as I've been old enough to pick up a pencil, though hopefully I've improved a bit since then. Sketching was a favourite pastime growing up, and I'm still perfectly well entertained just sitting and drawing. Though my parents put me into various and sundry art classes as a child, the best teaching I ever received was through a traditional (meaning literally hand-drawn on actual paper before this newfangled 3D computer animation stuff came into vogue) animation class offered to high school students at a local art college that I attended almost every Saturday for about 5 years. It was there that I developed my cutesy, cartoony style, as well as a love for character design in general. During the first half of my college years, while I was working on an Associates in film school, I was able to keep up with my art because so many of my projects required me to sketch out things like storyboards and the like. But during the second half of my college years, as I acquired my Bachelor's in a very non-artistic field, my art got shelved and almost completely ignored. It wasn't until I'd been married for a little over a year that I really dove back into my art, this time with gusto I'd never had before. Just to try it and see what might come of my art, if anything, I entered an art show in Sacramento (the "20/20" show, hosted at the Kennedy Art Gallery). What had I to lose? By the time I arrived for the opening evening, not only had 4 of my available 25 pieces already sold, but I discovered my series of watercolour paintings had won first place out of the over 30 artists being featured in the show! That was a downpour of blessings I had not expected, and certainly did not deserve, so with such a heartening experience, I began pursuing my art professionally. Since then, I have expanded my art both in mediums (including pens, pencils, watercolours, soft pastels, oil pastels, and polymer clay) and in sales platforms (including Ebay, Etsy, and personal commissions).
Every piece of art I create is, to some degree, an expression of something within me—something that lives, if nowhere else, within my imagination. If I have any talent whatsoever, it is only because the Original Creator has graciously bestowed it upon me, and I owe all my triumphs to Him and Him alone. My greatest hopes are that my art, somehow, brings at least a tiny measure of glory to my Lord Jesus, and that my art points viewers in at least some small way toward His love and beauty and truth and salvation. As an artist, I furthermore strive to be a light and an encouragement to my fellow artists. I exist to adore Him and to point others toward Him. May my art be a pleasing act of worship in His sight—for if it does not honour Him, then there's no point in creating it.
To God alone be all glory ~ Soli Deo Gloria!