WORDS I LIVE BY
“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
beauty + truth
Beauty has a powerful ability to communicate truth. There are truths and actions that are better communicated through beauty. Oftentimes, art is what leads a heart to start thinking a certain way. It can be the beginning of God directing someone's path when they see from a painting or a created work, "Wow. That feeling I feel when I look at that is freedom. What is conveyed in that painting or piece that speaks freedom to me?" Then they find the truth behind the painting that brings it all together. I have seen beautiful things in my life- whether words, reminders, paintings, the outdoors- that have set me on the path God has for me. Those things gave me an initial feeling that helped me endure in the moment or season that I needed to endure. I have been inspired by the creations of others, and that has dramatically affected my path. I hope my work does the same for others. Beauty and truth our powerful.
In August of 2015 I opened SHensley Art, an online watercolor painting and print shop. I hope these paintings communicate beautiful truths and much-needed reminders of God's faithfulness and character.
that I would know Him
I love dreaming big. I love having crazy wonerful dreams. He puts wonderful dreams in my heart, and I love Him for that. No matter how beautiful the dreams are that He gives me, though, it would all be worthless if I did not have the pleasure of knowing Him and living with Him. My prayer is that we would know Him. Deeper and deeper. And that that journey of knowing Him would never end.
Relationship with Him is the beginning of all good things.
WHY I CREATE
made for this
I know I'm made to create. To inspire. Made for this. To speak beauty and truth. To relentlessly pursue my King and His specific purpose for me. He calls me to create and to declare His glory through creating.
I'm made to know Him. To fall in love with Him deeply. And to live a life that shows others just how undeniably worth it it is to love and be loved by God. Nothing else matters. He is why I create.