I have been an artist all my life and I want to be an artist when I grow up. I was an art major for a couple of years in college, then abandoned it until I was faced with a lot of stress in my life. I then was able with the help of a very good friend to return to Art. I have been slowly taking classes to get a second degree in Fine Arts at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska where my husband, Clif is a professor of English and Head of the Humanities Department.
I have taken everything from painting, printmaking, sculpture to welding for artists. I belong to a couple of Artists Coops where I am able to show my art occasionally. I have a deep reverence for color. I feel like I'm in another world when I do art and that the colors come from the Next World. It is such a meditation for me and it helps me cope with the stresses of this world. I work for Social Services for my day job and have five sons. I love the inspiration that the Hidden Words and the other Baha'i Writings give me.
I would also like to mention that our family pioneered to Rwanda, Africa before the horrible war when the country was so peaceful and beautiful. My husband had a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the Universite du Rwanda at Ruhengheri, Rwanda near the Virunga Volcano Mountains where the Mountain Gorillas live. We were there one year in 1989-90. I home schooled our three children (it was before the foster children) that year and our family got to go on Safari and the kids became good friends with some of the village children. The children and parents both gave up TV for a year and spent a lot of time reading. We learned some French and made friends with Rwandan and Zairare Baha'is. There were 14,000 Baha'is in Rwanda and everyone knew of the Baha'i Faith because of the twice a week Baha'i Radio program. When we said the word "Baha'i", people answered, "O, Baha'u'llah". So that is why my house is decorated in the many African artifacts that the children brought back (they missed the malls there). And that is why some of my works have an African theme. It's part of my history and it is about a people I love and mourn. Many of the people we knew there are gone but fortunately the Baha'i Faith is still there. We have heard great news of the recovery of the National Assembly there.
I feel in doing the Hidden Word Project that I have experienced the Hidden Words in another way that is beyond deepening. My hope is that other artists will contribute their Art to this project. Even though I have selfishly used a lot of the Hidden Words, others may add to the same Hidden Words. Please e-mail me at LaurieM9@aol.com if you have any comments or want to contribute.
I would like to thank Curtis Wynne for all his hard work in putting this project together. I hope that you will use these images and send the ones you like to your friends and family or just share the whole site with others.
IN HIS SERVICE,