It’s still April. It’s still my birthday month. It’s a gift for me to feature a beautiful and inspiring woman in The Master and Her Piece.
It’s an interview I do with women who inspire me and others to live and create better. I ask questions about their masterpieces or their works, their inspiration and ideas, their motivation, their challenges and their advice; to hopefully encourage my readers, too.
Ruth Simons paints such beautiful flowers! That’s the first reason why I noticed and followed her on Instagram. I fell in love with her work more as she uses her paintings to bring God’s Word to people.
It is also admirable how she is raising her six sons, teaching them about the Lord and compassion, championing her advocacy, painting, running her shoppe, making her home better and more; all by the grace of God.
It is my dream to do what I love, earn from it, spend time with my loved ones and inspire others to draw near to the Lord and follow Jesus, like what Ruth of Gracelaced does.
1. Please tell me something about this masterpiece. A brief background.
All of my artwork is written out of the overflow of my circumstances and reliance on the Lord. I chose this dandelion piece as my masterpiece because of the truth that it reflects from God’s Word – that although our worries are as many as the seed pods of the dandelion, we are told to bring each of them to the Lord. And He doesn’t ask us to bring Him our worries simply out of duty or obedience, but because He actually cares for us!
2. What inspires you to create your masterpiece? Where do you get your amazing ideas?
My work flows out of what I’m going through and being exactly where the Lord wants me. Whether I’m burdened or joyful, I go to the Word to find my assurance. It is through Scripture and the overflow of my heart that my artwork is created. Whether there are words on my artwork or not, I want to reseed the truth of God’s Word and character back to myself daily.
3. What motivates you to keep creating? Even if the little details seem so mundane, what pushes you to go on?
I paint things in order to behold the beauty of our Creator. What I behold, whether creation or the artwork that I produce, is truth that I preach back to myself. The beauty of God and His creation speaks to me, and I desire to surround myself with reminders of His goodness and glory. I love watercolor and the way my eyes are drawn to the brush and paint, but ultimately, it is the beauty of my Creator that I want to behold.
4. What was the biggest challenge you have encountered while creating your masterpiece? How did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge I’ve encountered as an artist is to not be a perfectionist, whispering lies of self-doubt to myself. Constantly judging one’s own work is the quickest way to kill creativity and voice. One of the ways I guard my heart from self-doubt and perfectionism is to not find inspiration on social media, where comparison inhibits rather than inspires sometimes. I really try and drink deeply from God’s Word and to study the beauty of His creation. When I’m simply reflecting His creativity, there’s freedom; He’s the only perfect one.
5. What advice would you give to anyone who is toying with ideas, or in the process of putting her passion into action?
Sometimes, the Lord does not immediately allow you to use the gifts that He has given you. Though I desired to be an artist for many years, I stayed home with my children for 12 years before starting to paint professionally. Now that I am able to paint consistently, I am so grateful that He has me exactly where I am. For new artists – pursue your passion! Just enjoy the journey if things don’t go exactly as you had planned. Our Savior cares for us and has a plan for our lives, including our art!
Whether you are using your God-given gifts or not yet, how are you enjoying your life journey?
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