"Son Worship" by Angela True, copyright
"Into the Light" by Angela True, copyright
"Amazing Grace" by Angela True, copyright
Each month, the Ascribing Artists blog posts "Featured Artists" who glorify the Lord with their life and their artwork. We believe such testimonies will strengthen and encourage other artists to glorify and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This is the goal and ministry of Ascribing Artists. This month, we would like to introduce, Angela True.
By Angela True
My story begins in 1996 where I found myself spiritually bankrupt and emotionally shattered. I had hit a kind of bottom. I got in with a group of folks who led me to God. I was filled with new life and reborn of the spirit. I walked hand in hand with this Higher Power for about 5 years when God said “We’re going higher”. I didn’t know it but life was going to get a little more challenging. I was struck with extreme mood swings and no medication in the doctor’s arsenal seemed to work to level me out. It was then that I heard my God speak to my soul about art expression. And it was through painting that God led me to higher ground. He was teaching me to be responsible for my own moods and their repercussions on others. Self discipline was the message. So, about 9 years ago I put my first canvas up on the easel. Whenever I was distraught or my moods seemed to be dangerously high or low My Higher Power would gently remind me to paint, this was one of the main things that evened out my extreme mood swings.
These first paintings I called, “Soul Paintings”. They were signed in the lower right corner with only a thumb print as it was not only just me that painted these soul expressions, but God too, and to sign it with only my name seemed presumptuous. The very first painting I did is called Amazing Grace, soul 1. I would go on to complete somewhere around 14 soul paintings before I would put the brush down for another 6 years. My God went on to teach me many more things that I would need to know and continues on even now. I am a work in progress. I have begun painting again these last couple of years and, yes, I do now sign them with my name. Not because I do them without God but because people who view that paintings want to know who the art came through, by whose hand they were painted. I will share with you a few of those early “Soul Paintings”. There is Son Worship, soul 9, which came to me as a vision. Into the Light, soul 8, this painting is representative of my initial spiritual struggle to come into the presence of God. And Amazing Grace, soul 1, this painting is the expression of the pure joy that my soul feels because of God’s unmerited Grace and favor.
These paintings and the ones that have followed can be viewed on my blog, www.pickmybrainsart.blogspot.com
We asked Angie what her favorite Bible verse is and she noted:
I have always gotten great relief from following this suggestion in Mathew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Also as a call to God Psalm 46:10, Be still and know that I am God.