Updated: Dec 2, 2019
It all started when my dad found a tree.
It was a piece of home decor, made of metal, and he thought it was really cool. He and Mum bought it, and decided to decorate an empty wall in the bathroom with it. But when it was on the wall, it seemed to be missing something.
So we talked about a bunch of options, and my mum said she wanted a scripture reference that fits with trees and nature, and family. When I suggested the fruits of the Spirit passage in Galatians 5:22-23, everyone agreed this was exactly what they had been looking for.
After a few discussions, we settled on 3 flowers and 3 words: hope, love, and peace. We wanted a soft look, so I suggested brush script. The flower pictures were created back in 2016, and were part of a mixed-media postcard series I did at the time.
It's always fun to create projects for friends and family, especially for my parents. They've supported my crazy dreams throughout my entire life, from wanting to be a paleontologist as a child, to going to school for music, to starting a creative small business as an adult. They've never once told me that I couldn't do something, or discouraged my creative pursuits. They've never tried to get me to settle into a more traditional career. They have always been my biggest cheerleaders, and aside from my husband they are the most supportive people in my life.
So every time I get the opportunity to give back to them, in a small way, I absolutely love it! And I think their vision for this tree has turned out really awesome!