Visual Artist Spotlight: Mona Frye
Q1) When did you decide to become an artist?
A1) I majored in Art all through Jr./Sr. High School. I was married and crafting at home for the next few years. My Art Teacher, Mrs. T. always said I’d be wise to always use my artistic talents to make extra money.
Q2) When, if at all, did you realize that God had called you to be an artist?
A2) For many years, like many artists, I enjoyed the compliments of those who admired my work. It gave me self worth. But somewhere along the line, I’d say probably ten years ago or so, I myself began to admire what God was doing through me. I accepted the fact that as I let go of control, He was doing new and beautiful work through me. Using me as a vessel of his divine creations.
Q3) Where did you receive your training?
A3) I’ve been a student of Art all my life – it’s my passion. However I’ve only had a handful of college courses along the way. There have been some fabulous instructors who have encouraged me to keep challenging myself to learn to work with a new medium. I would say the same. Exercise and practice. Stretch your imagination and explore different ways to create. You may find a new passion along the way!
Q4) How did your training influence what you’re doing now?
A4) I would say that any training I’ve had has only improved my understanding of how different materials work together. I’ve never stuck with just one thing because I love everything!
Q5) Please describe your art style and medium and why you chose that particular one (or how God influenced this choice).
A5) As previously stated – I don’t feel that I’m in a box with a nice bow doing only one thing. I am open to exploring new ways of expressing God’s Word today. There are certain truths that cross all denominational boundaries. We all want to strive for those things we read about in Philippians 4:8-9 ,” Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” I just want God’s peace, and so I go where He leads me.
Q6) What do you do or use to keep yourself inspired for your art work?
A6) I have an art journal that I bring with me where ever I go. There are moments of inspiration where ever I am. Words will stand out to me as God speaks to my heart. I may or may not follow through with some of the ideas that I get, but they are there in the book. Some ideas sit for years before they are implemented, while others fly right onto the wood, or canvas or wall for the purpose of inspiration.
Q7) In what ways do you incorporate God into your work?
A7) He works through me, and I don’t do anything that would grieve the Holy Spirit when it comes to my work. One of the things I do is body art at farmer’s markets and events as well as for personal parties. My motto: “More than just another pretty face painter.” Because each time I paint on people, and I’m touching them, I’m often hearing from God what’s on their minds, in their hearts and how they need him. I’m able to pray sometimes with them. Sometimes silently, but still praying over them.
Q8) Is there a class or offer that you would like to share with my readers?
A8) I have a website. www.handpaintedbymona.com
If you’re within 50 miles of my hometown of Springfield, VT and want to learn more about me/hire me for something special, my contact information is there. I’m on Facebook a lot, and have a link to that on my website.
Q9) Any final thoughts about sharing your art work with my blog readers?
A9) I’d just like to thank you for this opportunity to share myself with your readers. This is what it’s all about. If we’re open, there are daily opportunities to meet God’s people, to hear what they have to offer, and to share what He’s revealed to/through us. Always be open to learning more about His creative ways, and to share what He’s taught you. That way it’s fresh, organic and real everyday.
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ARTIST BIO: Mona Frye
Mona Frye is from Springfield, VT and enjoys mostly community art projects. “To see people light up with satisfaction when they realize they have more artistic ability than they give themselves credit for is why I do this.” Everyone is creative, they just need to know what medium fits them best!
Mother of 4, Grandmother of 9, Mona also leads worship with her husband Scott and writes music in her “spare” time. See more of her work at www.handpaintedbymona.com
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