Artist Statement & Mini Testimony
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of God. Romans 10:17
In creating my art, I have one great purpose - to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Wherever my art is, there will be Scripture also. My art is simply a vehicle to proclaim God’s truth. God gave me the gift to be an artist and the desire and love to write. I want to share His Word and glorify Him through the talents He’s given me and the desires He’s placed in my heart.
I love drawing God’s creatures, especially His fine and delicate work of butterflies and cute little bugs. I love pairing the power of God’s Word with some of His smallest and most humble creatures in the universe, for humility is the foundation of all virtues. Humility is at the heart of Christianity from which all other virtues flow. True peace, joy, and love are all products of humility.
I grew up in the church and used to be a self-professing, nominal, lukewarm Christian who used to believe in a god of my own imagination. In my twenties, I stopped going to church, and I came to the conclusion on my own that there were many paths to God and that Jesus was just one of them. Without realizing it at the time, I was trusting in my own mind and human reasoning about who God was and my own self-perceived goodness for eternal life. I held my own definitions of faith, grace, and spirituality, and I prided myself on being open-minded and being able to think for myself. I self-righteously believed I was going to heaven because I genuinely believed in God’s existence, and I figured I did more “good” things than bad things. I even prayed to the god of my own imagination on a daily basis.
I intellectually and even positively agreed with the claims of the gospel. Intellectually, I realized I was a sinner. However, I wasn’t sorry for my sins. I justified myself in my own mind and saw them as no big deal, especially in comparison to culture, society, and others who were “worse than me.” Self-righteously, I still viewed myself as a “good” person. I thought “saved by grace” meant I could live however wanted since I thought Jesus would just forgive me. In short, I trusted in my own mind and reasoning for eternal life, rather than opening the Scriptures and trusting in God’s written Word and believing in who Jesus truly is and the magnitude of what He did for me. I had head knowledge of Jesus but not heart knowledge of Him, which fell epically short of true saving faith.
I was blinded by my own pride and willfully ignorant of the Scriptures. I was self-deceived. But God had mercy on me. It was October 2020, and it was right after I drew my first butterfly for my Mom. God granted me repentance and drew me to open the Scriptures, all by His grace. It was through His Word He gifted me with my faith to believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was born again. So faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17). Once I was blind, but now I see.
My life has been transformed by the gospel. Like a caterpillar to a butterfly, I am a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Now I repent of my sins, and I follow after the real Jesus, the bibical Jesus. I seek to obey God’s Word through faith, not because I can earn His favor or earn my way to heaven by anything I do. For I am saved by grace through faith alone. But it’s because I trust who Jesus is and what Jesus has already done for me. He paid for my sins on the cross and rose again that I may have eternal life. And so I trust God’s Word: His goodness, His promises, His warnings, His commands. And I believe in God The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit - The Trinity - The One True God. I no longer live for myself, but I live a joyful, thankful, and obedient life for the One who died for me and rose again - that I may have eternal life in Him. Although I will still stumble and sin in this life, it’s God’s grace that will keep me from ever falling away from Him. I know that for how great of a sinner I am, Christ is a greater Savior. (Inspired by a quote from John Newton).
Every single butterfly and bug I drew, I did while learning about Jesus and filling my mind with His Word. My product descriptions on the Butterfly Shop and the blogs I have written are some of the pearls of wisdom I gained while drawing this series. Every single creature I drew is saturated with the truth in Jesus, who is the highest, purest, truest form of wisdom that exists. For He is the only way to eternal life, by grace through faith. This body of work was precious time spent learning about my Lord and Savior and my identity in Christ, while using the gift that God gave me, all for His glory. So, that through my art and writing, I may be a light in this world and share the Truth in love with others. I want everyone to come to know Jesus too. My hope is that when You see my art, You see His Word, and it plants a seed of Truth in your heart that grows by God’s grace. May God bless you all. “The greatest joy is to know Jesus. The second greatest joy is to make Him known.” - S Lawson
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me (1 Corinthians 15:10).
All glory belongs to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For apart from Him, I can do nothing (John 15:5), let alone be an artist and draw a butterfly.
Love, Jenna PS. I am not religious. I am saved by grace :)