Lets Get Acquainted
Since this is primarily an Art Blog, I don’t often share much personal information, but I am starting to realize that most readers want to know at least a little about who is writing, and most art buyers want to know a little about the artist. So I decided I should write a post telling a little about me, not just as an artist, but as an individual. Without getting too personal, what three things would I consider important for someone to learn in order to start to understand who I am? Not surprisingly what I came up with touched on the areas of faith, family, and vocation.
1. Before all else, I’m a Christian
The first thing you would need to know about me in order to understand who I am is that I am a Christian woman. What I believe is pretty much in line with a typical evangelical Christian. I believe in my Lord Jesus Christ and I’ve given my life to Him. I live for Him, though not always perfectly of course. I think one of my greatest weaknesses is that I often don’t live my faith as openly as I should. The world of art tends to be very liberal, and sometimes it is easier to be silent than to be ostracized, but when push comes to shove, I side with Christ.Its easier to be silent than ostracized, but when push comes to shove, I side with Christ. Click To Tweet
However, I differ politically from many evangelical Christians
Where I perhaps differ from many other evangelical Christian women is politically. When it comes to politics, my mottoes tend to be, “to each his own”, and “no harm no foul”. “To each his own”, because while I believe certain things are right or wrong because of biblical teaching, I do not believe that I have the right to force anyone else to live by those standards. “No harm no foul”, because as long as someone is not harming another human being, I don’t believe it is my business, or the governments business what they do. So there are some political things I stand for, but those largely have to do with protection of human life and human rights.
2. I’m a wife and homeschooling mom.
I’m the wife of a wonderful, supportive husband. People often tell me how lucky I am to have such an awesome husband, and believe me, I am well aware of that! While like any marriage we’ve had our ups and downs over the past 25 years, my husband means the world to me and wouldn’t trade him for anything. I’m also a homeschooling mom, and now also a grandma.
My family comes first after my Lord, and before my own wants and desires. The decision to homeschool my kids from kindergarten to graduation was partly motivated by faith, but that was not the only reason. I had a very negative experience with public school as a child, and wanted better for my own kids. While I support public schools and think most teachers deserve more pay and more support, as a whole I think the public school system in America is broken, and while I hope that someday it is fixed. I didn’t want my kids waiting out their childhood in a broken system, waiting for a repair that may never happen. Homeschooling has meant a lot of sacrifices, I’ve had to stay home except for a little bit of part time work through the years. This has meant less money available for things like cable TV, vacations, gym memberships, and even art supplies. Its also meant that furthering my own education has been on the back burner since the birth of my oldest child. That’s okay though, they come first and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There is nothing else in our earthly existence that means as much as family, so I’ve poured myself into mine. The homeschooling phase of life is almost finished now though, and I imagine that I’ll need to spend some time evaluation my main purpose and goals when it is done.
3. I’m a (mostly) self-taught artist.
I’m an artist and a painting instructor, but I’m mostly self-taught. While I had some art classes in Junior High and High School, beyond that everything I know about art I’ve learned through reading books, watching tutorials, and practice, practice, practice. I’m still learning all the time, new methods, new techniques, new ways to make my work have more depth. I don’t think I’ll ever get to the point where I feel like I know it all and can’t learn any more. The main reason I do art is that I have a passion for it, so whether my art sells or doesn’t sell is secondary to me, but I do love when it sells and at least pays for its own creation. Some day I’d love further my education as an artist, to get some formal education in art, and maybe in God’s timing that will happen, but for now I’ll continue to do art for passion, and keep learning as I go.
Feel free to give me your thoughts on this post, and if you want, share three things about yourself as well!