For me, the act of using artistic mediums, (such as paint, colored pencils, collage, or clay) to create a beautiful expression of my difficult emotions, traumatic memories, and wounds is therapeutic and life-giving. I am still surprised to see the healing power of God made visible in my artwork.
I have experienced the truth that the healing is in the process, not necessarily the outcome. Sometimes, I push aside the “rules” including the idea that I must create “something”, that I must end up with a final product. I allow the creative process to become my prayer, a dialogue with my Creator. This provides a safe space where God speaks to my heart in the language of colors and images and I respond with my most authentic voice. In these moments, I experience inner peacefulness and a respite from “doing”.
I believe God inspires my creative endeavors. Through art and creativity, He is turning ashes into beauty and making me new. I hope my artwork brings a message of hope, healing, and beauty to you. More importantly, I pray that sharing my story of the healing power of art will inspire and empower you to discover for yourself God’s gift of creativity and how He wants you to use it on your healing journey. God is the true Artist inviting us to make a masterpiece of our lives and He creates with crayons and play-doh just as well as oil paints and canvases!