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.