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Hi, I’m Andrea Walford
I’m a Christian mixed media artist, an online art teacher and a mentor for creatives wanting to turn their creative passion into an online business.
I started teaching card making and mixed media art classes online in 2006. Between 2006 until the end of 2015, I helped thousands of paper crafters and aspiring mixed media artists around the world discover and develop their creative skills.
At the end of 2015, changes in my personal and home life led to the life-altering decision to close down my business.
So, for the last few years my “primary jobs” have been as a full time mom-to-5 (ages 9, 11, 15, 18 and 19), and full-time caregiver to Papa – my 97 year old grandpa, who lives with us.
I’ve been happily married for 22 years to my amazing hubby Todd. Hubby is a travelling executive – which means that he works super long days, and he travels – a lot! – as in about 6 months of every year. Which of course means that I’m on the “front-lines” pretty much 24/7.
My sister and her two boys also live with us (ages 9 and 12), bringing our household total up to 11 people and 1 dog.
As you can imagine, this makes for a crazy busy household and life.
I have always been a woman of MANY interests and passions (too many really, considering the time – or lack of – that I have), but if I had to describe myself in one sentence, I would have to say that above all else and beyond all else I’m a passionate God girl.
What does that mean? Well, I love God with all my heart, I’m a Jesus believer and follower, I’m passionate about studying the Bible and trying to apply what I learn into my life, and I am a strong believer in the power of prayer.
Every day and in all my ways, I try to live my life hand in hand with God. And THAT is what keeps me going and helps me get through each and every day.
I guess you could say that my faith is the glue that holds my life together….and lets be honest, my sanity too!
My art is intimately connected to my faith. I believe that art is the language of the soul. When we have no words, art speaks for us. It is a reflection and an expression of our heart – of who we are at the very deepest level.
Art and faith together help us to connect at a deeper level and become more in-tune with ourselves, with others, with God and with the universe around us.
Art helps us grow….as wives, as mothers and daughters, as sisters and friends, and as children of our precious, almighty Father.
Finally, I believe that art is a form of worship. Every single one of us has been gifted with creativity. It is a part of the very fabric of our being. When we choose to explore, to nurture and to express our creativity, we honor our Creator.
I’ll be honest with you, the last few years have been hard. In putting my family into first place in my life, I have allowed myself and my art to fall into last place.
Although, I am fiercely in love with my family, I’ve come to realize that my life can’t JUST be all about my family.
In my quiet times with God, I have been sensing His quiet whisper…..His calling on my heart and my life.
Each of us has been blessed with a unique combination of gifts and talents.
We weren’t given these gifts so that we can keep them to ourselves – but rather they have been entrusted to us so that we can encourage and inspire those around us, as well as make a difference in the lives of others.
When we use our gifts as God intends, they shine as His light in the world, and bring glory and honor to Him.
His challenge to me, has been to once again pursue my passion for art – to share, to teach, and to inspire others to pursue their own creative callings.
And so….here I am.