Growing up and still residing in Ohio, I have been making art for as long as I can remember. As a child, my parents allowed me to tape up my drawings in a corner of the family room, affectionately known as “Mallory’s Gallery.” In elementary and middle school I would anxiously await going to art class. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on all those art supplies. I loved to draw and paint most, but creating something from nothing thrilled me. I remember the loom in the art room and would love to see the progress on the weaving my art teacher was working on. I also remember other students asking me for help with their drawings. Looking back, this paved the way for me becoming an elementary art teacher. In junior high, my art teacher, Mrs. Ferlic, was very encouraging to me and urged me to continue to foster my skills and creativity. One of my favorite paintings from middle school was a wrapper of a “Whatchamacallit” candy bar.
In high school I received the Visual Art award my senior year and subsequently decided to enroll at Bluffton College, where I majored in Art Education. While at Bluffton, I learned under three great professors, Jaye Bumbaugh, Gregg Luginbuhl, and Mary Ann Sullivan, who trained me in a plethora of media and skills and exposed me to art throughout the ages.
Whether it be my “GEOMETRICat” series (which merges geometric shapes with cats), my “FLOWEReality” series (depicting my love for the natural beauty of God’s creation), or my “OVALinear” pieces (unifying ovals and lines to communicate a biblical concept or story via abstract flowers), my love for the Lord has inspired me to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ in my themes and motifs.
Ephesians 2:8-10 says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." I was created for Him, and what I create is for Him.