Victorian House Gallery > L.M. Beatty: post scripts

L.M. Beatty: post scripts
Jan. 29 — Mar. 2, 2024
Artist Reception & Talk: Saturday, Feb.3 @ 1:00pm

Dear artist,

For a long time, I felt the need to pursue only things that would bring me worldly success. I wrote myself many letters of what I thought life should look like. However, establishing a career I loved proved more difficult than anticipated and I struggled to find the stability I craved. So, in the meantime, I turned to things that brought me joy. I dreamt of meaningful creative work and wrote myself a little postscript—I am an artist.

I felt like a fraud in claiming that title, while also finding freedom in its openness. Giving myself permission to explore my art in its many forms helped my spirit grow and in turn, my view of God and his creative abundance helped refine my artistic endeavors.

As humans, we often feel bound to the stories and expectations we've written about ourselves. We don’t always give ourselves permission to color outside of the lines. We stay within the margins; we only write on lined paper. I want to challenge that. Through this show I hope to inspire visitors to explore their own access to the creative abundance of God—acknowledging there are vast differences in how our unique creative designs manifest in our lives.

While viewing the works in the show, consider your own letter to self. Is there a post script that you need to examine? Is there a creative outlet you want to explore?

p.s. Creative abundance is free for everyone and only you can create how you create!

L.M. Beatty is an artist & author (& yoga instructor, freelance copywriter, adjunct communication professor, baker and coffee enthusiast because life is too short to pigeon-hole oneself). She holds a double major in international business and political science from Olivet Nazarene University and an MA in cross-cultural and sustainable business management from the American University of Paris.

Her artwork is an expression of her collective experiences of seeking significant moments in life. She paints in various media & illustrates with ink. As a writer she has completed two manuscripts (a historical fiction novel & a book of poetry). She has also contributed to Relevant; Why I Stopped; Free the Verse; Dark Thirty Poetry; Sundays by the River; Splendeur magazine; and the Chill Subs newsletter.