It is our pleasure to introduce Jackie of WillowofWonder as this week's Featured Artist. Jackie creates hand-drawn artwork from her home in Southern California.

Giveaway: Jackie has graciously offered a free 8x10 Scripture print from her shop . To enter to win, please visit her shop, pick your favorite, and come back to tell us what it is. Please remember that commenting alone won't get you entered. Leave your email address so we can more easily reach you. Winner will be picked using
make a joyful noise unto the Lord Scripture art print by willowofwonder
Make a Joyful Noise Scripture Art Print

Introduction to you: 

My name is Jackie Williams. My shop is willow of wonder. The name was born out of my love of whimsical things. I like willow trees and a google search revealed to me that in Christian art the willow represents the gospel. So it's really gospel of wonder, which seemed perfect.
Before having kids I was a television reporter and producer. I actually still freelance as a producer. I think the art of starting with an idea and turning it into something has always been a passion for me, in whatever form.

But this willow of wonder adventure taps into the child-like free side of me. I still love rainbows and unicorns, butterflies, and wee little forest mice (in pictures only of course). Even my daughters laugh at how excited I get over miniature gardens or sweet little vintage trinkets.

I love the ocean, mountains, gardens, and flowers, hiking, and indoor cycling. I like tea parties, reading, and praise music. My women prayer warrior friends are so special to me, as is my family, but most of all Jesus. He's my everything. And I'm on this journey of accepting just how far and deep and wide His love is. 

Super Girl Power of the Holy Spirit Scripture Artwork by willowofwonder
Super Girl Power of the Scripture Artwork

How did you get your start on Etsy?

Art and creating have always been therapeutic for me. In 2009 I was diagnosed with lupus. I had times when it was so bad I couldn't even hold a pencil because my joints hurt so much. There were some very dark days, but as the disease began to go into remission I felt this prompting to draw. I started by making the dolphin girl as a baptism gift for a pastor friend's daughter. And it was with that drawing that I realized I might be able to offer something that wasn't really out there. So that is how willow of wonder was born. I opened the shop a little before Christmas in 2010. It honestly was a forgotten childhood dream tucked away to one day be an artist. Without ever having studied art I don't quite own the word artist yet. My girls so sweetly say I'm the best artist they know. And I fight telling them oh no I'm not. Because to them I am. And I believe Jesus sees us all as artists in our own way.

I did my first craft fair last spring and am doing three this spring. They're a lot of work, but oh so fun. It felt again like I was tapping into those childhood memories of playing store. Only it was real. I love meeting people and sharing my love for putting scripture all over our homes. I do mean all over, by the way. I recently listed two huge columns from "In the Mirror of God's word I See…." all across a double mirrored closet door in my office. I LOVE having it all there in front of me.

Being able to hear the stories of how people are touched by my art, or who they are sending a piece to and why has been the biggest blessing and warms my heart every single time. The most amazing inspiration and reason to keep on doing it is when a missionary had the warrior girl printed onto fabric and made into pillows for a group of Indian girls as a present for finishing a bible study based on the Chronicles of Narnia.

I love doing custom work for people and am just about to begin expanding into that more formally. 

What does a typical day look like for you?

My days are so different than I thought they'd be. I had been a homeschooling mama, but because of a series of life circumstances I've had to put my kids in school. They're 12, 9, and 7. I wake around 5:30 or 6:00 to have quiet time alone. One daughter is off by seven to her carpool pick up. Then the next two are at eight and 8:30. I seem to be involved in some kind of group almost every morning. I have had the blessing of being able to take Chelsea Cameron (Kirk Cameron's wife's) bible study on parenting and families this year. It has been so amazing. That's on Monday. Tuesday I do my Community Bible Study, Wednesday is another group at my church and working in my first grader's class. Thursday and Fridays I make appointments and get housework as well as etsy orders done. The time while they are in school actually goes so fast. I also try to squeeze in a few days to spin (indoor cycling). I always say if I don't make time to study the word, spin, and create I start to get a little off kilter. It keeps me sane and happy. Truly. Once all the pick ups happen from school we hang out, do homework, have dinner, and it's time to get ready for bed. I always, always read with my kids before bed. I love it as much as them. We've been reading all of the American Girl series lately. Can I confess I cry at least once in each series. And again my girls laugh at me, there she goes again. What can I say, I'm a total sap. Sad tears, happy tears. I can't help it. Sometimes things are so beautiful, so moving, so empowering I'm just moved to tears.

If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?

If I could be anywhere in the world for a day I think I'd love to go to the South of France. I have yet to go, but my best friend (we met in the first grade) says it's so us. We have a little dream for a girl trip in a few years for a big birthday. The lavender, the linens, the cheese, the countryside. Oh sigh. Just imagining it is so dreamy.
Willow of Wonder Packaging

What is your favorite Bible verse?

My favorite verse is Roman 15:13. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Trust in the Lord Scripture Art Print
Trust in the Lord Scripture Art Print

What is your favorite Etsy listing to feature? 

I really love the Trust in the Lord print with the children pushing along the wagon. It and the Make A Joyful Noise print. It was originally a life size mural I painted in my children's preschool music room. It was something I was nervous to take on, but was so amazing to tackle and see come to life. I'm very into challenging myself. Sometimes I can get a little frozen when I think too much. It's taken years, but I've learned to just roll up your sleeves and try. And if you fail it's ok. You're learning and you can try again.

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Comments (7)

On April 16, 2014 at 6:31 PM , The REAL EverSewSweet said...

I have loved reading about Jackie's shop and her journey. I love this warrior girl!

On April 16, 2014 at 6:35 PM , sammysgrammy said...

Totally charming shop. I had fun browsing.

On April 16, 2014 at 6:54 PM , bananaorangeapple said...

I love the super girl print best, that scripture rocks!
If I won the giveaway I'd pick that one to put up in DDs bedroom.

On April 16, 2014 at 10:28 PM , KarenW said...

Beautiful shop! Thanks for sharing.

On April 17, 2014 at 7:02 AM , Judy Russi said...

Interesting shop -- Here is my favorite:

On April 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM , jhoos said...

I love your shop. Hard to pick just one but I like the Isaiah - On Eagle's Wings picture.

On April 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM , Lorrie Esposito said...

I agree, hard to pick one fave. I wish I had little ones again as these prints would be so cute in a childs room. Love the silhouettes in this piece. Email-