Imaging My Inner Fire: Finding My Path Through Creating Art

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9780615785936: Imaging My Inner Fire: Finding My Path Through Creating Art

3rd place award, memoir category, Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2014,Imaging My Inner Fire is the story of one person discovering what to do with the rest of her life at age 60! Envisioning herself as a writer for several decades Martha Jane Petersen was captured by visual art in the early 1990's. She wondered what to do with this intrusion, whether to follow it or ignore it. Her book tells of her questions, ponderings and struggles to finally claim her path as a creator of innovative art quilts. A colored plate of a quilt and its creative process is detailed in each chapter. Some of the book's themes include voice, creativity, direction, resistance and courage as the reader follows her convoluted path into art making - themes others also encounter in various creative endeavors. "My memoir is not about quilt making as such, although aspects of that are described. Rather, it reveals how, in finding my passion - what I call my Inner Fire - I discovered a direction to follow. My hope is that readers will recognize their own Inner Fire to guide their path in life."

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A native of South Carolina, Martha Jane Petersen became a self-taught fabric artist making improvisational art quilts. She has exhibited her work primarily in eastern United States. She and her husband lived for sixteen years overseas, in Taiwan, Ghana and Nigeria as mission co-workers with the Presbyterian Church, USA. In mid-life, she entered seminary and became an ordained Presbyterian minister. Along the way she dabbled in visual art which came to flower in retirement in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Pete. They have three adult children and five grandchildren.

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"Martha Jane Petersen's reflections will be welcomed by all who seek to determine how to use their gifts in a faithful response to God's calling. I have rejoiced with her as beauty emerged from scraps of cloth...a gift she has given to all by recording her search for spiritual integrity and how God has provided unimagined new directions for her life through art. She is articulate about the healing power of art in her own life and how art making gives her deeper connection to the Creator." --Sara Covin Juengst, Author, The Road Home: Images for the Spiritual Journey

"...inspiring and invigorating - confronts stereotypes and misconceptions, [leaving] no doubt that one person can have many divine callings, sometimes they come as complete surprises. Encouraging us to move ahead with excitement and curiosity, no matter what our age or history, you will recognize so many of her challenges and appreciate the honesty with which she grapples. The book tells of boldness as strong as her colors...her life is a kinetic assortment of different elements that are not static, but moving and changing." --Ellen Cavendish Phillips, Artist, Sculptor, Liturgical Artist

"...inspiring and invigorating - confronts stereotypes and misconceptions, [leaving] no doubt that one person can have many divine callings, sometimes they come as complete surprises. Encouraging us to move ahead with excitement and curiosity, no matter what our age or history, you will recognize so many of her challenges and appreciate the honesty with which she grapples. The book tells of boldness as strong as her colors...her life is a kinetic assortment of different elements that are not static, but moving and changing." --Ellen Cavendish Phillips, Artist, Sculptor, Liturgical Artist

"...inspiring and invigorating - confronts stereotypes and misconceptions, [leaving] no doubt that one person can have many divine callings, sometimes they come as complete surprises. Encouraging us to move ahead with excitement and curiosity, no matter what our age or history, you will recognize so many of her challenges and appreciate the honesty with which she grapples. The book tells of boldness as strong as her colors...her life is a kinetic assortment of different elements that are not static, but moving and changing." --Ellen Cavendish Phillips, Artist, Sculptor, Liturgical Artist

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