I was 5 years old when my kindergarten art teacher confirmed that I had a gift for artistic expression. Mrs. Dance came once a week and her visit was a treat for all of us. One day, as I was immersed in the project she assigned, I noticed that she had paused behind me and was observing my efforts. Then she said, "Oh, Jennette! I believe you are an artist!" She seemed as delighted to say those words as I was to hear them. "An artist!" I repeated inwardly. "That sounds like a wonderful thing to be."
Although I took art classes each year in high school and then began college as an art major I abandoned that major for Sociology and Social Work and at that point any artistic training ceased. So I suppose you could say I am partly trained and partly self taught.
Years passed with little attention to artwork. It was not until I was a wife and mother and Sunday School teacher that I came to appreciate the power of combining visual images with written words as a learning tool. I had long had a growing fascination with the Bible. Opportunities to study it alongside others came in the form of mainline congregations, a nationally recognized community based Bible study, small groups, workshops and retreats, where I grew and served in various leadership capacities.
TechniquesI have two primary ways of illustrating Bible verses. Often I focus on one primary design that captures the broad concept of the words. At other times I focus on the words or phrases that most lend themselves to illustration. That approach resembles a rebus (sometimes spelled rhebus), which substitutes pictures in place of words. As you recall the pictures encased in the lines, you may find it easier to learn the verse a bit at a time.
I love primary colors and the fluid quality of watercolors. I ususally outline my illustrations with thin colored pencils. Many of my characters and designs were created years ago when working with children in both Christian and secular settings. I found the children were quieter and more attentive if I drew for them. You may note a sense of humor in my work that reflects my personality and complements my very active imagination. I am never at a loss for ideas.
I love this work. My husband and I especially enjoy the personal contact we have with customers when we participate in various events. I appreciate their encouragement and their willingness to share both victories and concerns with us. Often we share a hug and a word of prayer. The memory of those encounters last long after the event. It seems like a a glimpse of heaven each time we meet new brothers and sisters in Christ and are able to serve Christ together with them.
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