It is ART that makes life, makes interest, makes importance,
and I know of no substitute for the FORCE and BEAUTY of its process.
~ Henry James
Gullickson, Terry & Rock
Lindsey, Anna Mae
Souders, Vernon Jr.
Von Struense, Helen
Can you imagine utter darkness? Total nothing, blacker than black, with no glimmer or glow anywhere in all the vastness of space?
That is the first spoken sentence in the Bible. That verse means a lot to me, because I want to be an Illustrator–one who brightens, or clarifies, or shows glory. As Jean Jacques Duval, a stained-glass artist, put it: ‘All art, all life, is lost without light.’
I’ve been creating art since I was old enough to grab drawing tools, and most of my pictures had a story to go with them. For me words and pictures have always been closely interwoven.
At the age of twelve, I began taking group oil painting classes taught by brothers Dave and Dan Wunische. In the three and a half years that followed, I bloomed.
I am a multi-media artist working in pencil, pen, oil, acrylic, watercolor, novels, graphic novels, poems, short-stories, comics, collage, crafts, baking cookies, flower arranging, and more.
I do freelance illustrating work, such as graphic art, logos, and children’s books, as well as commissioned fine art, and lots of miscellaneous projects.
I owe much gratitude to my family, artist friends at church, and the Wy’east Artisans Guild for encouraging me and challenging me to try new things.
But most of all, I owe everlasting thanks to my true love and faithful friend who has stayed with me my whole life. He rescued me at a very young age, and He has won my heart all over again every day since then. He is the great Inspiration, the best Teacher.
Without Him I would have nothing, do nothing, and be nothing. I cannot imagine life without Jesus Christ.
He is the Light I live in.