"There's always so much anxiety before I make a piece..."
I met Maria through a Christian fellowship when she was a freshman in college, a dedicated Latina student headed for a major in the sciences. She loved physics, and as she plunged into college life, she envisioned her major and degree as something that would eventually provide her and her family a stable future.
God used an internship at an arts camp to completely change her direction. I drove her up into the mountains for that camp, then moved away and we lost touch. She realized she wanted to make art. She ended up going for a studio art major, then on to grad school to study arts administration. We reunited recently and talked about her work as an artist.
It was then that she commented, "There's always so much anxiety before I make a piece." Then, thinking it over, she concluded, "It's a journey of courage."
-following her heart to make a less "practical" choice.
-trusting that God will provide for her and her family.
-making art inspired by her Christian beliefs at an academically rigorous, secular university.
-delving into the museum world as a woman of color.
writer's block. Whether we're painting or drawing or writing, how many of can relate to the act of making as "a journey of courage"? It takes courage to find out what we can create. It takes courage to face our fear of failure, or even just our fear of looking dumb.
What about you? What takes courage for you to make?
See more of Maria's work and read about her inspiration here.
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