Here we are at the 13th and final installment of The heART Series. Hosting this series has been such a huge blessing to me! I've been so inspired and encouraged by the artists who have participated, and I do hope to bring the series back sometime in the future. But for now, let's be inspired by one more gifted artist, then hang our hats until the time comes again.
MAEGAN DOCKERY, RWR DESIGNS
My name is Maegan, and my husband, David, and I moved from Georgia to Alabama a little over a year ago so he could pursue God's call on his life to attend seminary. We both left stable jobs and a home close to both our families in order to do this, which was scary but comforting knowing we were (and still are) wrapped in God's will. A month after moving, we found out we were expecting, which was a very happy surprise! Jonah joined our family on May 16, 2016, and it has been the sweetest blessing ever!
I have always loved hand-lettering, and you could almost always find me drawing in margins on notes in class or at work in meetings. Drawing actually helps me to focus, and I love doing it, so I took the leap of faith recently and opened up my very own Etsy shop, RWR Designs. I currently do hand-lettered prints but hope to expand soon! I am addicted to Netflix, in love with Jesus, a Kraft macaroni & cheese fanatic, and a huge Harry Potter nerd.
the life in between: When did you first learn to (or realize that you could!) dance, paint, sew, write, style, photograph, etc. What is your heART story?
Maegan: I have been drawing since I was very young, creating cartoons and floor plans for future mansions I would live in someday. I have also always had very neat handwriting, and hand-lettering has come easy to me since elementary school. If people wanted their names drawn in bubble letters, they would ask me to do it. I loved it, and I could almost always be found doodling bubble letters or pretty cursive in margins of notes at school or work.
tlib: While you're immersed in a project or a piece, what are some things going through your mind? Do you pray? Do you praise?
Maegan: I love watching a piece come to life. My process is usually to draw it out with pencil, go over it with Sharpie pen, and then erase any pencil marks left behind. Then I start working on perfecting each letter, making sure it's smooth and even. This reminds me of Jesus at the potter's wheel, molding each of us in His image. I love that image of Jesus shaping us, seeing an imperfection, and fixing it or realizing it's actually exactly what He intended. I also love to pray over each piece before I give it to someone, whether they purchased it from my shop or it's a gift.
tlib: Tell us about your creative process. What inspires you to get started? Can you turn your creativity on and off?
Maegan: Usually just hearing a great quote or Bible verse gets me excited to create. I imagine how it could look on paper and am usually itching to get it all down as soon as possible. I don't think creativity is ever really turned off, but I do like to take breaks every so often so I don't get burned out. God calls us to rest, and I think when we do that, when we rest in Him, we come up with some of our best ideas.
tlib: Do you prefer to share your work or do you like to keep it just between yourself and God? Why?
Maegan: I love sharing my work! It excites me that God gifted me with such a fun talent, and I love being able to brighten someone's day with a pretty print with their favorite verse or quote from a movie. We are supposed to let our light shine, and, if I didn't share my work, it would be like putting my light under a bowl, unseen and useless. I love being able to share my work and my process and hopefully glorify God through it.
tlib: If you share your work, how do you promote your art in a way that glorifies God?
Maegan: My prints range from song lyrics from hymns, Bible verses, quotes from great leaders, and quotes from novels or movies or television shows. I love having that variety because it could potentially draw someone in who doesn't know Christ, but they might just leave my shop with a seed planted. I also know that any success I have in my shop, whether tiny or huge, is all because of God, and He deserves all of the glory.
tlib: How do you take compliments? How do you stay humble without denying your unique skill?
Maegan: I graciously accept compliments on my work, and I just hope that people will be transformed through what I do. I let people know that it's all because of the talents in which God gifted me.
tlib: Do you believe that God can be glorified through secular art? How can secular work still point to Jesus?
Maegan: Absolutely! Like I said already, I have a mix of both, and I think it's a great way to open doors to sharing the gospel. As long as people know my story, that God has gifted me with these talents, they will hopefully see that each piece, whether it's about Christ or a quote from Lord of the Rings, has God woven through the process.
tlib: What is a dream or vision you have in regards to how your work may impact hearts and souls for Christ?
Maegan: I would love to know that something I did opened a door for someone to learn about Christ. I am a lover of missions, and I think, right now, this shop is my mission field. I hope to share Christ with everyone that encounters my shop, whether it be through excellent customer service, a coupon code for no reason, or the actual words on a print that spark a conversation about Christ.
tlib: Lastly, for fun, who (living or dead, and besides God) are you most inspired by when it comes to your art?
Maegan: I would probably say J.K. Rowling. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and there are so many amazing quotes throughout all seven books that are secular, yes, but also remind me so much of my relationship with Christ. She is also just a wonderful example of someone who did whatever it took to pursue her dream, and I find that so encouraging and empowering.
Wow, Maegan, thank you! What a great way to end the series. I love the heart behind what you do–you've definitely got great things in store for you!
So readers, what's your favorite quote or bible verse? Let's leave Maegan some love in the comments, and maybe some inspiration for a new piece!