My spiritual + art journeys have evolved right alongside one another. I realize more + more every day how the Lord was working in me through my passion + desire to express myself creatively. That is evident in both my visual + verbal expressions. Much of what I create is driven by an almost uncontrollable need to transmit my emotion into the world in some palpable form.
My line of note cards is no different. I was + continue to be so compelled by specific passages of scripture that my life has come to revolve around them, + my artwork has followed that same path.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
As I meditated over that scripture, several watercolor paintings came pouring out of me, images + symbols that embodied these beautiful Christlike characteristics that I aspire to have. I quickly realized that these images needed to take on another kind of life in my art collection; they were beautiful expressions that needed to be shared + multiplied. And that is how my stationery collection was born.
Each painting is hand-traced + transferred to a linocut printing block. The designs are then carefully carved to leave the symbol exposed so that ink may be applied. I have thoughtfully chosen + mixed colors that I feel represent each design well. Those inks are then applied to the printing block, placed on quality cotton stationery + individually hand-pulled to reveal the colored image. After having time to dry, I sign each one with love + care, making each an original artwork to be gifted with a note inside + then framed.
As the creation of these cards continues, they will come to embody the fruits of the Holy Spirit collectively.