"I am the daughter of a King who is not moved by the world, for my God is with me and goes before me. I do not fear because I am his." 2 Corinthians
I knew a girl in high school who was tall and skinny, quiet and kind. She had beautiful eyes and a pretty smile, but I could tell she struggled with feeling like she fit in and pretty much stayed to herself.
A lot of years passed and I got the opportunity to meet up with her again a couple of years ago in San Antonio. You want to talk about transformation... The woman standing by her sports car looked like a supermodel, even dressed in gym clothes.. She wanted to take me to a Zumba class with her. We go to the class which was so fun that the fact that I felt like I might pass out was secondary! She came out looking like she hadn't broken a sweat and I looked like an overripe, sweaty tomato.
We talked over lunch afterwards and caught up on all that had passed over 35 years. This woman I can call an old friend has achieved success and reached great heights in every area of her life through sheer tenacity, intelligence, and most of all, her faith. She is the first to talk about her walk with God and how it has informed every part of her life; sustained her through hardship, given her hope and dreams, and the strength to achieve those dreams. And she's not done yet.
Part of what I love about what I do is seeking to capture the spirit of the person as I paint their portrait.
I feel like I got pretty close here.
With love and gratitude- Gretchen