ART POSTER: Commentary on Art Piece
When I was asked if Graymoor could use a piece that I had created for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, I was deeply honored. My son and his wife had just come home from Assisi having visited an ancient monastery and church with a lovely stained glass window picturing St. Francis. It seemed serendipitous to have a Franciscan ask about my work. My son is a missionary in LA and I originally did the art work for him. He and his wife are working with teens and young adults from a largely Spanish immigrant population. I was trying to do something that would reach people from many backgrounds. A lot of prayer went into it and it seemed almost given and developed in an organic way. It is the earth (and also the self) with the cross at the center, and the love of God at the center of life. Nancy Watson (www.seedgraphics.net)
About the artist:
I grew up in a family that loved nature and art and my mother painted and so it was pretty natural for me to have these affinities too. I went to the Philadelphia College of Art (now called the University of the Arts) for a year during the turbulent sixties and married and moved into a very different inner city world that put my idealistic background to the test and discovered that I did not have the resources in myself to bring healing between the races even on a very small scale.
During my child rearing years I went back to PCA for a 2nd year, and after much despair found the Lord who forgives our sin and loves all people and who is able to restore us. I was able to raise my children with faith in God. I finished school in NJ when my children were in college. I wanted to serve the Lord with my art and was accepted to work for a term with Wycliffe Bible translators but I got Lyme disease very badly and had to stay home. Still God made a way for me to work for mission organizations from my home. I have done paintings, book and magazine covers, cards and displays for Christian organizations. I have also done art with and for children. I paint flowers for the joy of it. Their beauty is calling out to us in everyday life and is a sudden reminder that we are not alone. As Jesus said “consider the lilies...how they grow...will God not much more care for you?” I design postcards for “Inner Change” which I hope, give a similar message to a more urban audience. “You matter. You can choose a life worth living with God. He cares for you. Have faith in Him. Find Him!”
For the past few years, I have been quite busy helping my family. Except for postcards for my son's ministry, I have done very little serious work and no promotion other than my website and another website that I have with Fine Art America. Recently I bought a new computer and am in the process of learning a new version of photoshop. I feel as if I am in a cocoon and am not yet sure exactly what I will be doing when I emerge but I trust it will be an expression of His love.