Artist

April Robbins

Artist bio

My name is April! I’m a 34-year old, self taught artist from Virginia. Growing up, I was always active and was excelling in sports and the outdoors. I never really took time to focus on art unlike my twin brother who was always drawing and went on to attend an Art Institute. In college, I married my high school sweetheart, Stephen. Since then, we have been blessed to have several successful businesses together and three awesome kids; Ava (6), Zoey (2.5), and Declan (9 months). I first started painting three years ago after trying a Bob Ross tutorial. I enjoyed it and since have continued to paint and draw in my spare time. I use different painting methods from brushes, to painting with my fingers, or directly out of the tube. I came across this contest online and felt led to enter. I started first sketching an idea for this contest back in April. Then I started putting oil on canvas in May and finished in mid-June.

Title

“Identity”

Medium/Genre

Mixed Media

Artist Statement

24 inch x 36 inch canvas consisting of oil paint, crushed glass and glitter. It is textured and, in some places, consisting of large amounts of paint. I decided to add crushed glass and glitter to this painting because my girls love shine and sparkle. They use glitter in their own crafts as do most kids, so I wanted to incorporate the use of it since the main focal point is a child.

How it fits into contest

I named this painting “Identity” because there are a lot of people who struggle with knowing who they are. Overall, I wanted to portray a young girl who knows who she is, a child of God. The ones who have been born again realize their identity is in Jesus Christ and that they are a child of God. Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. This little girl sees a reflection of an older self who is a strong warrior for the Lord. She wears the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6). She also sees her cat as a lion, which is God who is her protector and who will never leave her side. Deuteronomy 31:8, And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. 1 John 4:4, Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

I chose the setting to take place in a child’s bedroom. I also incorporated several things that my own children have at home and other images and how they relate to scripture. Overall, I feel it gives more meaning to the painting as a whole when you start to think about how each thing can have its own part but make up the body.

On the dresser you will see the little girls first bible. This makes me think of Proverbs 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

The lamp on the dresser: Psalm 119:105, Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

The mirror and clock on the wall both incorporate Ephesians 6, referencing back to the girl which is the main focal point.

The rug on the floor: Joshua 1:9, Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Silhouettes on bedroom wall:
The girl blowing bubbles who is being protected by wings from the arrow on the wall. The arrow I painted is referenced from one that my girls have hanging up in their own room. My two girls love blowing bubbles so I wanted to incorporate that into this as well. Psalm 91:1-6, Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

The girl praying: Ephesians 6:18-20, Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Sun, moon, stars: Genesis 1:16-19, And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

Door: Revelation 3:20, Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Bed: Matthew 11:28, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Hearts: Mark 12:30-31, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.

Curtain: The curtain can represent a veil. 2 Corinthians 3:16, but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

Horses: My daughters love horses so the horse and stable that is painted is referenced from their toys. Horses are mentioned in scripture and the stable makes me think of stability in Christ. Psalm 20:7, Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

Cross: I added a cross on the body armor and the shield and the boots by the bed. I believe most people see the cross and think how Christ died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3). Galatians 2:20, I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Blanket: The blanket can represent comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Credits

My husband, Stephen and our daughters Ava and Zoey for giving me direction and their opinion as I was creating this piece. My daughters helped inspire this piece. I want them to know their identity and be strong warriors for the Lord.

How to Purchase this Artwork

This is an original work. For details and description, see the "visual art description" above.

For the original or copies of the artwork, please contact aprilrobbins18@gmail.com

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