Like many artists, I worked full-time and painted when I could. About three years ago, my husband and I both ended jobs right around the same time and not being quite retirement age (we were both in our late 50’s), were looking for the “next thing.” That "next thing" turned out to be selling the home we had lived in for 20 years to move aboard our 40’ Trawler, aptly named "Watershed". We committed to traveling the Bahamas and the Eastern Seaboard for a couple of years, but about a year into our adventure, I sensed a call to head home to establish an art ministry and paint full-time.
We managed to cover 4,000 miles of stunning coastal and Bahamian scenery, and made many memories and new friends. But here I am, two years later, like this Giant Himalayan Lily, blooming, albeit a little later than most.
I’m wearing my “Art Ministry” smock to nurture the seeds of the art gallery at my church, and to encourage other artists that they might blossom over and over long after I’m gone. Wearing my “Artist” smock, I strive to create art that points to God’s redemptive story of Hope.
My journey has been, and will continue to be, a story of redemption and restoration, of forgiveness and freedom, a tearing down to rebuild, while I faithfully follow a path that is sometimes hidden, yet always revealed in perfect order.
My prayer is that my work would inspire you to wonder, and to seek to know the deep abiding hope that is only found in knowing the love of Jesus Christ.
"Massive white-and-purple trumpet-shaped flowers appear from the 10-foot-tall plant after about seven years. When not in bloom, the lily, which grows in the Himalayas, is a mass of glossy green leaves. The parent plant dies after flowering but leaves behind several smaller bulbs."
Photo Courtesy Ernst Gügel