Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Ankerich Artist~ {Amelia: Love Never Fails}

We've know for years Amelia was an amazing artist and because of her great gift,
she majored in Studio Art at college.

She has worked all semester to create five works of art for her Senior Art Show.

Her assignment was to create a body of work of her choice
then appear before a panel of professors and defend her project with answers to all their questions.

Savannah, Josh, and Ben Curtis went up on Tuesday to see her pieces
and the rest of us went up today and it was nothing short of AMAZING!!!
We enjoyed shooting some photos of Amelia and her roommate, Lew~

Amelia wrote a summary of her work and I will use it for the remainder of the post.

I hope this post does her work justice because in person, they are breathtaking!!!

And just so you know, 3 of them are still for sale {2 SOLD!}

Love Never Fails is a promise my mom has always instilled into my families' lifestyle. If we love one another like 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, the love within our family will never fail. There may be hard days but in the end we can always protect, trust, and hope in one another. My mom is the light of my family. She keeps us going and holds us all together. She reminds us daily that love is the root of it all and what holds us all together at the end of the day. With all of this being said, my art reflects what is valuable to me~ family and love. Much of my art is focused on animals, either portraying the beauty I see in them or creating and comparing my family to their human qualities. I decided to demonstrate qualities of my family that symbolize love through animal personalities in the best way I know.

This particular body of work is my visual interpretation of love. To represent "love" I chose to use animals. As a child, animals were always a love of mine, whether stuffed or real. They consumed my childhood and were always a fascination. I broke 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 up into different sections and placed each part with someone. By choosing five different animals and comparing their human qualities to five family members. I have created a body of paintings titled, "Love Never Fails".

My dad, Scott, is a bear. He is the gentlest, kindest, and most tolerant man I know! His patience goes on forever.

"Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud."
Bear Painting: $550

My sister, Rosemary, is an elephant. She is intelligent, trustworthy, honest, and one of the most loyal friends. She always thinks of others before herself.

"It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered"
Elephant Painting: SOLD

My oldest sister, Savannah, is a cow. She has the biggest heart of anyone I know. She is passionate and loves unconditionally without holding any grudges.

"It keeps no record of wrongs."
Cow Painting: $550

My uncle Tony is a deer. He is a fighter, He had incredible strength and was the bravest man I knew. He lead everyone to Christ and wanted the best for them!

"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth."
Deer Painting: $550

My Brother-in-law, Josh is a lion. He finds his identity in Christ and the joy that he promotes shows me he is strong and brave. He will protect and never quits.

"It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
Lion Painting: SOLD

Each of these paintings shines light on one of my family members by focusing on animal personalities. This experience has been so wonderful for me because I have continually been reminded of the love I have always been surrounded by growing up and all the love I have for each of my family members. My hope is that my viewers can look at my artwork and relate to my theme, Love Never Fails, by replacing my family with their own.

Oh Amelia~
There are no words for what this does for a mom's heart! Dad and I are SO very proud of your gift of art, but more importantly, your beautiful heart... and as I write that, I notice you can't spell heart without art. Your heart shines through this amazing body of art! God certainly has given you great talent and the ability to use it loving Him through it. 

You are so loved by your family and if I asked any one of these people you painted, they would all say YOU exude these very same characteristics described in 1 Corinthians as well!  

I know for sure God will continue to bless as you finish up this great season of life, college. I can't believe you are graduating. You have accomplished so much and the Best is Yet to Come!!!

We look so forward to loving you and supporting you as your life unfolds. Know for sure God has a plan and you are to trust, follow, and love. 

Love Never Fails and our love for you will only grow deeper with each day we are living... I guess that means for all eternity.

I love you Amelia Frances!!!
Mom and Dad


  1. Oh my now THAT, each and every word made me cry!! There is nothing in the world that warms a mother's heart than to see her child succeed in such a beautiful Christ like way. Amelia I am so very proud of you....your artwork is exceedingly amazing and I see a great future for you....yet your heart and your obvious love for Christ and your family is the greatest beauty of all!! Sharon hugs to you as your savor this wonderful precious time with Amelia!!!

  2. Sharon, what a legacy of Christ you have left in your children. Seeing the fruit of that. WOW so beautiful!!!!! Amelia's art is stunning and her relating it to scripture and your family is just amazing. I know you are one proud mama!!!!!

  3. Oh the tears are falling!! Beautiful heart & soul, beautiful words, beautiful art!!


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