Meet Yvette Miller.
She is a wife, mother, and visual artist based in London, England. She makes art as visual interpretations of specific passages of the Bible. You can follow her on Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter. You can visit her website here: yvettemiller.co.uk
Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
I am one of 5 children born of Jamaican parents. I have lived in London for most of my life and have been married for 13 years. My husband and I have 2 children together- a son called Tyler aged 5 and a daughter called Monique aged 13. As well as my art practice I also have a day job working for an international children’s charity. In my spare time I love visiting art galleries and eating out whenever I can.
When did you start making art?
Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My father was a professional artist and I remember him teaching me to draw when I was about 7. Ever since then I became somewhat obsessed with all things creative. However, and although I studied both product design and furniture design at university, I never really pursued a creative career path and have spent most of my working life in administrative positions; making art on the side as a hobby. I did this because I was too scared to take the plunge after seeing my father struggle for years as an artist. Things have changed a lot since then however and God has given me a new found confidence in pursuing my dreams to make a living from my art.
Was it always inspired by the Bible? Or was there a turning point when you starting making art based on scripture?
My art in the past was pretty much based on a variety of subjects from still life to landscapes. However when I gave my life to Jesus in my late twenties I then volunteered for 2 years overseas, spending the first year in the USA and the second in Jamaica. It was during this time that I started to draw art based around Bible scripture.
What does your process look like? How do you decide which verses to use? And how to depict them?
My process is entirely led by God. When I pray he gives me a vision of what to create and how it should look. The themes are often based upon my current circumstances. This is why I like to have a sketch book close by whenever I speak to God! At the moment I’m working on a series of paintings based on the first verses of Genesis which depicts the creation of the world and man. I believe he led me to this theme as a reminder that we all need to start somewhere and that out of nothing greatness can be formed.
You’re son is sometimes seen on your instagram account holding up your paintings, how much is your family involved in your creative process?
My son is great; he is what I call my Instamodel! Along with God, my family also inspires me to be the artist that you see today. I want my children to see how important it is to use their God given talents to make a positive difference in the world.
How has motherhood stretched your faith?
Motherhood has stretched my faith in so many ways! The older my children get the more I find myself worrying about them – which of course is normal. However, and as time goes by, I am learning to have faith in God and trust that he will direct their path to the life that he has already predestined them to have. I now know and trust that they will eventually get there, without my nagging and worry!
What are some challenges you’ve overcome in your art and faith?
The main challenge I would say that I have overcome would be learning to let go and let God! I am somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to things and needless to say this is even more evident in my art. I always want every brush stroke and colour to be perfect and when it’s not I sometimes get a bit frustrated and want to paint over everything and start again. However I have found that every time I feel that a painting is not going my way I often hear God telling me to relax, let go and just go with the process. Having faith that God knows what’s best for my canvas has helped me to trust him more so that he gets the glory for my art instead of me.
Do you have any advice for other mothers pursuing a life of creative faith?
My main piece of advice would be to not be afraid of sharing your creative faith with others. This world has a way of confining you, and especially more so when you are a mother. I unfortunately let both fear and my family responsibilities stop me for so many years in following the path that God laid out for me. The good news however is that I now know that I can be a mother, wife and still serve God with my creativity. I truly believe that God did not bless me with my artistic abilities so that I could hide them as the servant did in the Parable of the Talents, but so that I could use them to show the world just how amazing and wonderful he is.
You can buy the full range of her work through the Framd app. This is an app that can be downloaded from the Apple app Store or Google Play. A smaller selection can also be found at bravefineart and artgallery.