At nine years old I discovered I had a natural ability to draw, but it was at 36, in a time when solitude and tranquility were at best, that I began to develop the art of painting. In this time of my life I was given the privilege to serve in a chapel, and one of my responsibilities was to paint “Chap’s” door and make it more colorful…..I attempted to paint a sunflower when I was 19, but that was it! I figured if I use the brush with the same motion I use a pencil I can teach myself to paint! Flowers were the easiest thing I could do so I painted big flowers and loved every minute of it… “such peace”.
I was able to develop my skills as time went by, and although this was a short-term experience, four years later I was blessed to serve at another chapel drawing and painting as well. I learned how to enlarge small images by creating a grid, then drawing in the image using chalk instead of a pencil. I discovered blending colors with my fingers was therapeutic for me. My friends would say things like, “Jeannie you look so peaceful”. I knew then this was something very special.
I had gained interest in other skills such as cooking and baking. In 2015 I enrolled in a technical school completing the Baking and Pastry Arts program and worked as a baker at a local arts cafe. The walls were a way for artists to display their work and often felt as though I could do something like that too. I moved on to work as a cake decorator with the desire to paint buried inside my heart.
It is now at age 46 that I have made the decision to give this a shot and push myself to make it happen! March was my first time exhibiting anything out there and it was a success! Not only was I getting positive feedback, I sold a piece and received an order!! That day was very special…The dreams I thought were dead came to life and with the little faith I had God was able to show me all it takes is to believe in myself more because He is on my side. I thank Him for the beautiful life he has given me as he has transformed me into a new and brighter woman today.
With that said All Things Become New Creations is a story of what can be done after things are rejected for old, ugly of no use, and or thought as no good anymore. These are the pieces I look for to make new by restoring with my love for transformation.