When I was a toddler, my mom
started dropping stacks of paper and crayons for me to scribble with on the
floor, and I began expressing a natural talent for making art that looked like the
At the age of 18 I won a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute, but after graduating in 2010 and facing the
reality of needing to make money, the act of simply making pretty
pictures didn't motivate me any more and I began to wonder about the purpose that would inspire me to make a living with my art.
Occasionally people would commission me to do a portrait of their loved ones, but I spent 9
years struggling to make personal work, while taking undemanding jobs and trying to figure
out where my art was headed.
On my 33rd birthday in the Spring of 2019, just before the pandemic struck, a dark night of the soul descended upon my apartment in downtown Kansas City.
Not knowing where the hell I was going as an artist, I spent the day searching for inspirational videos to try and fill the void I felt in my gut.
Well my spiritual teachers must have decided that the student was ready, because I stumbled across a guy talking about something called the New Message from God.
As he spoke, every word struck me, and addressed directly the struggle I felt to find purpose, meaning, and direction as an artist.
So I went to the New Message website and found hundreds of texts talking about a greater intelligence it calls Knowledge, which God has placed within each person to guide us, protect us, and lead us to a greater life of purpose, meaning, and direction.
As I continued reading, a sense of peace started to build that I had finally found the wise old teacher who I always needed to guide me, but could never find in the world.
I feel that the New Message is authentic, because it's showing me how to find inspiration to make art again, to use my talent for making beautiful pictures and show a greater vision of what it could look like if we lived in harmony with nature, if humanity united as one family and learned to Create Heavenly Earth.
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Through meditation and reading the New Message from God, I receive artistic visions that respond to the challenges we face.
I primarily use oil painting, pencil and ink drawing, as well as watercolor to capture my ideas with precision and realism.
I graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a degree in animation, thinking I would create moving paintings, but that proved to be too challenging as a solo artist.
So I eventually settled on painting and drawing, in order to convey my ideas with maximum precision.
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