Beyond the Stereotypes: Unveiling the Truth About Art

In this article, I share some common misconceptions about art and creativity I often hear. Some have been so convincing, that even I had at some point in my creative journey believe them to be true, which in turn affects and shapes the way I express my creativity and art. I hope my sharing sheds some light on these common ‘truths’, and how the Lord is reframing my perspective for each of them.

Myth 1: Only "Creative" People Can Create

We categorize people as artistic or not, but God doesn't see it that way. The Bible tells us He created each of us in His image, with unique gifts and talents (Genesis 1:27). Think about it: capturing a special moment on your phone, crafting a delicious meal, or even repurposing old furniture - these are all acts of creativity!

The truth is, we all have the potential to create. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 reminds us that the Holy Spirit distributes gifts to each member of the body of Christ, according to His sovereign will. Maybe yours is taking a seemingly ordinary experience and making it beautiful!

Myth 2:
Messy = Creative

There's a stereotype that creative people thrive in chaos. While some might find inspiration in a cluttered space, for many, organization is key. Imagine a chef trying to cook a masterpiece without a stocked pantry!

Finding a system that works for you allows your creativity to flourish. This might involve dedicating a space for your tools, scheduling time for personal projects, or jotting down ideas for later reference. Proverbs 21:20 tells us, "The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down." Just like how the wise are prepared, so too can artists benefit from a bit of organization.


Myth 3: Christian Art Limits Your Creativity

There are times I have been told to create "neutral" art to reach a wider audience. But God's Word is a vast wellspring of inspiration, far richer than any limited palette. Think about the countless stories, characters, and symbolism found in the Bible! Psalm 19:1 declares, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands."

Christian art isn't confined to depicting biblical scenes. It can encompass the beauty of nature, the complexities of human emotion, or the everyday experiences we share. It's about using our gifts to glorify God and share our faith with others!

Myth 4: Art is for Decoration

We often think of art as something to hang on a wall or put on a shelf. But art can be so much more! When I first started selling my work, I focused on painting, prints and cards. But over time, I realized the potential for art to be functional as well.

When I produced the calendar, it ticked the boxes of being both aesthetic and functional. However, I learnt God has used it in more ways I imagined... t's not just a way to keep track of appointments; it can be a tool for inspiration and encouragement. From being a practical Christmas gift, it has also been a way to share the gospel and bless others throughout the year. With God's help, He has shown me that the beauty in Art is beyond the decorative and functional, but also other dimensions - the spiritual, emotional and meaning behind the inspiration, the gift and the giver. 

Myth 5: Being an Artist Isn't Sustainable

The "starving artist" stereotype is a discouraging one. But the truth is, there are more opportunities than ever for artists to make a living. Technology allows us to sell our work online, reach a global audience, and explore multiple income streams.

Artists are collaborating with businesses of all kinds, from clothing stores to banks. We bring a unique perspective and can help companies connect with their customers on a deeper level. While financial success might look different for an artist compared to a traditional career path, the ability to contribute to society in a meaningful way through creativity is truly fulfilling.

Myth 6: Artists Are Lonely and Isolated

There's a misconception that artists spend all their time alone in studios, lost in their own worlds. While there's certainly value in solitude and focused creative work, connection is also vital.

Sure, my day-to-day work might involve a lot of solo time. But the inspiration I draw from interacting with others is equally important. Becoming an artist has opened doors to a wider community than I ever imagined. I've reconnected with old friends and teachers, made new friends outside my usual circles, and even been contacted by strangers who appreciate my work.

The connections we build, both online and offline, fuel our creativity and allow us to share our gifts with the world.


Are there some assumptions you have made about creativity or the line of work you are currently in (even if it is ‘non-creative’)? How can relying on God’s infinite and omnipotent nature help reframe your perspective?

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  • My work is very linear and numbers focused. I used to think it wasn’t creative but I can recognise the talents of others and ideas that help them accomplish more – with God’s help!


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