Helen Brooks | Christian Artist and Writer
God began my painting journey in childhood by simply placing the desire in my heart to create. I seem to be most joyful when I am creating or even simply thinking of creating. In some way or another, I believe creativity is an integral part of each one of us. Our Creator, who fashioned us in his image, was certainly a creative God. He could have left his creation black and white, but he chose to “paint” it and bring it to life in order to bring glory to himself and joy to his people.
My art journey began I signed up to be the room mother for my oldest child’s first grade class. Simply because no other parent signed up for the job, the class art project for the school auction fell on my shoulders. While working with the children on the project, God began to stir in my heart a deep passion for painting. With three young children, it had been a long time since I had taken the time to use the creativity God had given me. Through that project, I was reminded of the incredible joy that God gives us through creating, and I completely fell in love with painting and further in love with my Savior.
I began to paint any free moment that I could find. I have a deep passion for the Word of God and the beauty of scripture, so I began adding bible verses to each painting. The Lord, in the strange ways that He works, began to confirm that He had called me to paint and that He was working out his purposes and plans through the works of art.
Each painting and each verse has spoken volumes of truth and healing to my own heart. He continues to teach me through the images daily. I carry each image in my spirit as a stepping stone on my journey with God Through each painting and writing, he draws me closer to Him and closer to others in the process.
I am thankful that the Lord has allowed me to be a part of his creative plan. I have no idea what His specific plans are regarding my art, but I do know that I am “confident of this, that He who began a good work in [me] will carry it on to completion.” (Philippians 1:6) I hold tightly to that and pray that He will give me the grace to leave the rest up to Him.
I currently reside in Columbus, Georgia, with my loving husband and three young children. They have been an instrumental part of my art journey and are by far, my biggest encouragers. I have been blessed beyond measure.