My name is Vicki Sheridan.
Thank you for letting me join this group.
Whenever I read a psalm that says something like, "Make a joyful noise to the Lord," or, "Play loudly with all your skill," I believe that--because I am not very musical--I am being called to draw or paint with all my skill. That realization has come late. I am a mother and grandmother who has some God-given talents which I did not adequately nurture. I thought they were MINE, to use for my interests. It didn't occur to me until about 2005, when I saw the film Andre Rublev, that my talents were given to me to use for God. In the movie, someone says to Rublev, "God has given you a talent; it is a sin not to use it." That struck me.
Then, the following year I was struck again. My son Seth Fisher was a comic book artist. He had art skill also, but unlike me, he worked and worked it, making it better and better, and did truly beautiful work. Then in January of 2006 he was killed in an accidental fall.
After that, somehow it seemed to me that I needed to take up art in a serious way, to work at it and make it into something that I can truly use to make a joyful noise to the Lord. My interest has always been illustration. I would dearly love to illustrate children's books. But it's only recently that I have started doing work in color. So I have a lot to learn about using color. I have drawn a book of the Nativity story, and had it rejected once. I haven't given up, but I have some other projects in mind, and with limited time, I have shelved the Nativity book for a little while. I am posting a couple of pictures from it here.
I have a long way to go, but I am willing to keep working at it.