To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist. ~Schumann
Recently God orchestrated for an incredibly talented artist to cross my path via Twitter, Anne H. Neilson. I am not an artist, and have trouble even drawing a stick figure, but my husband Ray, our daughters Eden and Leah, and Ray’s mom and sisters are all extremely talented artists. I love Anne’s motto, “Have camera- will travel.” Mine would be, “Have camera, write and speak – will travel.” She and I are kindred spirits!
I admire anyone with this gift of drawing or painting art. I’ve always believed that God is the greatest artist there ever was and is, painting a new sunrise and sunset each day, and all of nature with its glory. Art is one of man’s ways to express worship and praise of God.
Anne has had a life-long dream to be a successful artist, and her oil painting art is breath-taking with its color and light. I especially love her angel paintings. She also paints inspirations from a sailing trip around Martha’s Vineyard, country scenes from Provence, France – white steepled churches, a country farmhouse and barn, a bowl of fruit, beach scenes. Anne has studied under renown artists.
And I love her heart for God. She’s driven to use her God-given talent to support those in need, donating a portion of her sales to a number of organizations and causes, especially the homeless and children with disabilities. You can read about those by clicking here.
Anne is exhibiting her art at The Red Dot Art Fair (one of the most presitigous art events in the U.S.) in New York tomorrow, March 3, through March 6, 2011, to benefit local charities. Please say a prayer for her as God uses her art for His glory in New York, and that God’s blessings will shower her there.
Anne lives with her husband and four children in Charlotte, NC. She teaches art workshops at her studio. I encourage you to visit her website and to consider purchasing her art. (I am not an affiliate of hers, but buying one of her angel paintings is on my own bucket list!)
It is simply beautiful, and I believe that God wants to use her creative art for His glorious purposes. Are you using your gifts for God today? Leave your comments below.