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Frequently asked questions

In this section, I will answer the questions that I get asked the most by people.  In order to read the answers to the questions please click on the little white circle on the right hand side of the question box.

About

Hello, my name is Kirsten.  I’m a quirky introvert who is head over heels in love with Jesus.  I like to create art, write, record podcasts, and even make some videos.   I am a native Floridian –  born and raised.  But a part of my heart will always belong to Maine where I spent Summers during my childhood.   I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida (UCF).  My primary work experience was in Full Time Ministry for many years.  I am currently a 3D Socialwork Artist, a Writer for the Good News Daily and a Volunteer Website Designer/Maintainer for Open Homes Fellowship and Open Homes Regeneration.

Testimony

This my testimony of how Jesus changed my life after I received Him as my Lord and Savior.  This audio is from the All Saints Healing Service in 2005 when I was asked to share my story of Jesus’ work in my life.  The testimony part of the audio begins at 3:15 after the reading of the Gospel.

 

What is your style of art called?

SOCIALWORK ART

In a world plagued by social issues, SocialWork Art has the power to proactively address and challenge the negative narratives that impact individuals within their own environments. It serves as a visual and written platform to shed light on pressing matters such as bullying, bigotry, sexuality, domestic violence, child abuse, trafficking, and racism. But it doesn’t stop there.

At its core, SocialWork Art aims to offer hope and healing to those struggling with depression, anxiety, self-hatred, and low self-esteem. It encourages individuals to express themselves authentically and find solace in their own God given creative voice. By healing their body, mind, and spirit, individuals can become agents of positive change within society.  Individuals using their creative voices empowers us to heal our communities and foster non-violent solutions that will lead to listening, having compassion, and striving to understand one another better.

This journey towards individuals embracing healing initiates from a deeply personal place – my relationship with Jesus. It is His truth, love, compassion, and understanding that inspire me to give voice to the current social issues through my artwork and writing. His desire for the healing of people’s hearts inspires me to create thought-provoking pieces that ignite conversations, create tension, and open people’s eyes to the world around us.  I draw inspiration from His Word, the Bible, which serves as my guide in crafting modern-day interpretations of Biblical principles that can bring healing to our communities.

SocialWork Art is more than just a creative endeavor; it’s a call to action. It’s about using our talents and skills to spark change, advocate for justice, and ultimately improve society as a whole. Together, let us embark on a journey of artistry, empathy, and transformation.

Join me as we create a world where art and writing become catalysts for positive change.

3D Art vs. AI

There is a lot of confusion these days about 3D artwork and AI artwork.  In the simpliest of terms, 3D artwork is created by human beings through a variety of software that lets them create characters, props, and environments from a mesh base.  Whereas,  AI artwork is created by Artificial Intelligence (computers) using a logarithm from the input of text prompts.   3D artwork can take the human artist hours, days, or weeks to create.  AI takes seconds.

How are 3D Portraits similar to Portrait Photography?

I belong to several Photography groups on Facebook.  While they use people as their models, I create characters in Daz Studio to create portraits.  There are several similiarties between portrait photography and 3D portraits:

  • You use a model
  • You use cameras and lighting
  • You choose your background and if there will be props used
  • You pick a hairstyle for your model
  • You choose clothes for your model
  • You pose your model – body pose and expression

3D portraits even use the same lighting techniques as portrait photography (eg rembrandt lighting).  And the cost of the model is much cheaper in 3D.  You only have to pay for morphs and a base character.  From those you can create an endless number of models to use for your portraits or to tell a story.

What is Scripture Inspired artwork?

Some of my artwork is inspired by specific Bible verses or Biblical concepts.  This artwork is a visual representation of that verse or concept.  When I create this kind of art, I put the actual Bible verse as the foundational layer in my Photoshop file.  Every other layer is built on top of that verse.  People have asked me if every verse inspires me to create artwork.  While I find the entire Bible inspiring, God will usually place an image on my heart to be created from the verse of His choice.  As I am reading, or listening, I will suddenly see an image in my mind.  That is the image I create.

Do you do Commissioned Art?

My creative process is very different from most artists.  I’m in awe of people who can be shown a photograph then they start painting it to perfection.  That never works for me.  I have to be inspired to create an image which means I’m never sure what I am going to be creating next.  I’ve tried several times to create portraits of my friends’ kids.  It was a total disaster!  Yet, I create lots of artwork with kids in it on a regular basis.  Only once have I been able to create an image that someone asked me to create.  And that was totally God showing me the vision my friend had of the Lion of Judah.  So, to answer the question asked at the beginning, “I am truly honored that you would ask me to create a commisioned work for you, but I don’t do commissioned work at this time.  If that ever changes you will be the first to know.”

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DISCLAIMER

Hey there! Just a friendly reminder that I may have some knowledge and experience, but I am not a practicing counselor or a medical professional. So, take everything you view, read, hear, or watch on this website with a pinch of humor and a dash of common sense. While I try my best to provide informative and educational content, please remember that it’s not a substitute for professional psychological or medical advice. So, if you have any burning questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to a counselor, physician, or other qualified healthcare provider. They’re the real superheroes when it comes to your well-being. And remember, I’m here to entertain and share my beliefs and thoughts, not to diagnose or treat anything. So, keep on laughing, learning, and seeking a closer relationship with Jesus, but don’t rely solely on my quirky opinions that you find on this site.

Be blessed, my friend!

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