Maggie and I have been friends since college, since then she has moved to LA where she has pursued her artistic career. It was a blessing to visit her in her studio and see what she was making, as well as have her explain to me her work at length. Being around her work aroused a desire in me to want to start creating things with my hands again. Her work is very intricate and detailed and loaded with deep meaning. A lot of Maggie's work draws from mythology and technology and if I was smart/had a good enough memory I could articulately dive into the complexities of the conversations her pieces are speaking to, but unfortunately my memory from that time has slightly faded. You will just have to talk to her about it.
Maggie's studio is quite large and spacious, with high ceilings and generous amounts of light. This studio in all senses is a gift. Really, Maggie was given this space as a gift. Many artist live off very little, and it is a struggle to make it by, but they do what they do because they love it, and because their work is important. Knowing Maggie and where she has come from and seeing where she is know it was such and encouragement and blessing for me to see how the Lord had been working in her life and how rich his provisions have been toward her. He has blessed her with numerous shows, with her very large studio, with tons of materials, with lots of connections in the art world, with other solid Christian women and artists to live with, with a studio located blocks away from her house and now with acceptance to one of the best art colleges in the nation. All this was such a rich reminder of how generous our father is. That he delights in blessing his children, and that when he calls us to something, like he called Maggie to be an artist, he provides us with what we need to make it happen.
7“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!-Matthew 7:7-11
In our culture in particular, I have found it especially easy to put my eyes on the things I lack, and I think for artist, at least from my experience, it is a great temptation to look at what we need instead of delighting in what we have. It was fun to be the kind of friend that says "Look at all the things God has given you! You are so blessed! God loves you so much!" Because he does, and we need that reminder time from time when we slip into the attitude of comparison and discontent that are so often the attitudes derived from so much time spent on social media or even just walking the town. Don't forget your blessings friend, because I already know they are many, and if you spent time looking thoroughly, you wouldn't have to look far. Lets be the kind of friends and people that declare blessings over each other, that cry out "Gift!Gift!" instead of "More!More!!". He is generous, and he loves those who revive his gifts with a thankful heart. Go and bless him in your receiving and in your creating.