Lily Elizabeth Watson Allen

Growing up, I never considered myself an artist, even though I always wanted to be one.  The youngest of four, I would look up to the artistic endeavors of my older siblings in awe. My oldest brother, especially, is an impeccable artist and I would try to emulate his work.

This was never successful.

Once I learned that I didn't have to be an artist exactly like my brother, I conceded that perhaps I had some ability after all, and could pursue art in my own way. 

For me, art is not about being perfect and fitting the exact model of an artist I have in my head. It has taken on a whole new role for me. It is about the expression of identity, and the journey the Lord has put me on. I now teach art at an Intermediate School in Knoxville, Tennessee. I also still create. I would be a hypocrite to preach to my students about the importance of self expression if I did not continue to express my journey, too. 

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