I am a God taught artist who picked up a paintbrush and some cheap canvas and paint on February 12, 2012. And how I got here is by no accident or by fate or happenstance, but by the strategic purpose that God has for me.
I did not go to college, I did not go to art school...I just love to paint, and follow the Lord wherever He takes me.
I sit and think very often how many people don't discover their true capabilities and gifts because they are too broken or lost to see themselves as chosen. It is my hearts desire that each person who visits my space here goes away feeling like they are not too broken to be fixed. Never too lost to be found. And not too small to be used.
Not only is this a place for my art to be, its a place for my words as well. I write about the journey that has led me here, and the life I live now. I am not a writer, in fact I would rather have you over for coffee and curl my feet up on the couch and sit and talk with you for hours, but this is the next best thing. I feel as though my paintings reflect the state of my soul, a constant chase for peace and gratitude.A desire to appreciate and enjoy Gods creation. I have a deep desire to know people and their stories. The art helps me to connect to you. I paint and write out of the overwhelming gratitude I feel to be able to live this life, the gift of so many second chances and soul redeemed.
I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and I have lived all over the US since I left the city when I was 15. We are a former military ( Navy ) family and served for 17 years, ultimately bringing us to Beaufort, Sc. We have two beautiful , talented daughters and you can follow us all on Instagram @melissalyonsart.
If you would have told me ten years ago I would be where I am today I would have laughed, and then cried. I would have told you that it just wasn't possible. But my elementary school art teacher, Mrs. Pulsifer, told me I was going to be an artist one day... And now I know those words were coming from the Lord himself because there is no way I would be here without him.
And now I believe them both.