I was asked recently for my
observations about the role of faith in art. It was a great opportunity to consider my thoughts on this. So I listed below the questions and my
answers. I would love your opinions.
1. Does your relationship with God influence your art and your creativity?
My relationship with God influences everything I think and do!
My first expression of art was drawing and painting…inspired by the human face and the colors of creation. As vision failed and visual arts weren’t an option, music became the way to express God’s beauty and the human experience of knowing Him. Over the years, I discovered art for me wasn’t drawing, singing or playing –those were simply expressions of art. For me, the real art is “communicating.” The art of communicating is now articulated through the spoken and written word.
In communicating, I seek to express God’s beauty and experience God’s beauty and make it visible to others.
2. Are there specific verses that have helped you understand how your creativity is a part of how you spiritually interact with other people?
Philippians 2:13 - For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
3. Have there been moments in your life in which you felt God communicating through your artistry?
There is an abandon I experience at times when I am drawing a word picture or communicating a song which confirms that I am a vessel being filled. The way my hands shape the air as if I am tracing an invisible image on stage, the way I listen to the words that come from my lips as if I’m a spectator rather than the one speaking, and the way I feel “spoken through” are all ways I know God communicates through my art.
4. When you think about others "seeing the art in you" do you think about them noticing God's influence and presence in your artistic expression?
Oh, I hope so! Each Life is an expression of the artfulness of God. The expression of art in our lives should be a shadow of the life of God in us.
5. How would you describe the statement "see the art in me" in your life?
For anyone to “see the art in me,” I must be transparent. To see the art in me means people are welcome to observe the Artist’s Hand shaping and fashioning me. The “Art in me” isn’t a still life photo; it’s like a portrait being painted…one stroke at a time, one color at a time, a beautiful blend of all God is doing and has done in my life.