What was your life as an artist like before becoming a member of the Artist Mentoring Program? What was your biggest roadblock? Unfocused, sporadic, insecure and unmotivated. I let EVERYTHING be a road block for me: time, lack of inspiration, fear of rejection, even spending money on supplies!
What prompted you to become a part of the Artist Mentoring Program? Specifically, what were you looking for? I had been challenged by my dying Mother to pursue my art, followed quickly by a friend who wrote a book about living a fearless life in Christ. About a week after I read the book and decided to pursue my art without fear - an ad for the Artist Mentoring Program came up on my Facebook page and I signed up for the trial week. After a couple of days I signed up for the program because I was so impressed with the resources and it was a perfect fit for me.
Since becoming a member, how has your life changed? How have you experienced breakthrough? Before I had no vision whatsoever of being a professional artist, let alone even being able to admit to most people that I was an artist. Now I have vision, focus and a plan to pursue an art career. Before it took me years to finish anything. I have a pencil drawing that I'm happy with but it took me nearly 10 years to complete. Now I have so many ideas and have committed myself to spend time on my work, that I've been able to finish a painting or two every month - even with a full-time job. Before I was afraid of rejection and only my closest friends even knew I was an artist. Now I've had my work in 2 community shows and 2 professional juried shows in the past 8 months. I know this all sounds like a pretty radical change. I can't hardly even recognize my own life. This all is a pretty amazing breakthrough for me!
What's been your biggest "Aha Moment" that was a real gamechanger for you while in the program? Realizing how much fear I had about my artwork as I went through the 21 days of breakthrough.
What would you say to encourage other artists who are currently in the Artist Mentoring Program along their journey? To artists considering becoming members? We're created in the image of our Creator. He really does have a plan for our lives that includes the creativity He has gifted us with. This program really helps you discover the Lord's heart for artists, how to grow as an artist and the possibilities of having a career in art, along with tools to accomplish that.
What's on your horizon? What are you dreaming of and moving toward in this next season? I am dreaming of transitioning from my current full-time job into being a professional artist. My plan is to paint, paint, paint and develop my style and a cohesive body of work.
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These case studies are based on the stories of artists who are members of the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program. They have shared their own stories in their own words.