#createdtocreate

in response to this Relevant article:  http://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/why-christians-should-create

Sometimes we can get bogged down in achieving a goal and forget the big picture; the overall purpose of our journey.  I started the Wanderer Creative print shop with the goal of making positive art with a Christian message.  From there, I quickly got sucked into the thought process of “what does Christian art look like” and pleasing the crowd over following my gut.  Like anyone, I wanted to be successful, and I assumed that meant following trends and creating things that I knew people would like.

After a while, I realized that I was just another designer putting hymn lyrics in watercolor.  There were so many other people doing the same thing, that I was definitely not filling a void.  I also noticed something kind of shocking– I wasn’t displaying my art in my own home.  If my work didn’t fulfill my own design wishes, how could I expect it to please anyone else?  That’s when I realized I desperately needed to take a step back and re-evaluate what I was doing.

You can read my previous post about how empowering it is to actually define your style.  That was the turning point for me and my work.  When I figured out what I wanted in my own home, I could channel that style to make art that people like me would want!

So first off, who am I?  I’m a twentysomething who loves to travel and is inspired by nature, and also art and cultures from all over the world.  On top of that, I am a devout Christian, and I strive daily to be a light to those around me.  As a lifelong reader/writer/collector of quotes, words are extremely important to me and I believe that having positive messages around you can impact your life.

I realized that to embrace my passions and focus on just these things, I would be doing myself, my business, and (hopefully) the world a service by creating art that maybe isn’t mainstream, but encourages and inspires people like me.

So my work may not look like what I see in the Southern Living catalogues strewn around my families’ homes, and the ladies at my church may not purchase my art for their homes, but the beautiful thing about the internet is that it brings people together.  Out of the masses that surf the web, maybe a few people will stumble on my work and realize that there IS Christian art that would fit their style.  That they can be inspired by positive words on a daily basis.  And maybe, just maybe, someone who didn’t already know God’s love will get a taste of it because of something I made.

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