As a young mom, raising two little girls, I wanted to find a way to use gifts God placed in my hands to connect relationally with others, create reminders of truth and beauty and bring in a small income for my family. I tried my hand at painting again for the first time in years, taking what opportunities I could to teach myself and gather information from helpful sources and tutorials.
Shortly after I began, we miscarried our third child. In and through this experience, I began hearing from other mothers going through loss and we began working together on artwork that would help tell their story.
Two Lace Shoes has presented an opportunity for me to work with others to process their grief, honor life, celebrate milestones and remember truth. I see it as sacred work and I desire to create quality artwork for my clients. I want to understand their vision and bring it life on the paper. I’m honored to help people tell their stories through watercolors, pen, pencil, paint, wood and cold or hot press watercolor paper. This job and the relationships made through has taught me about grief and care in a way that I did not expect. I am grateful that I can use watercolors to do so, and I thought my painting days ended in eighth grade art!
Now I have four small children, a home with paint on the walls, laughter in the living room, tears on the couch and commissions on my desk. It has been a privilege to do this work. I have found yet again, as Corrie ten Boom said, “... the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work. He will give us to do.”