How it all began...
My name is Kelly, and I have always loved to print since I was a little girl. My mom, Liz, always knew where I had been by the trail of doodled pages that I left behind - usually with my name on them. But never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be sharing my handwriting with others in such a meaningful way.
In 2001, the concept originated as a wedding gift for my best friend, Christi. In trying to think of something unique to do for her, I was inspired to create the word "Love" out of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 which is often read at weddings, along with her and her husband's first names and wedding date. I began to create other words such as Hope, Faith, Peace and Joy - each with 2-4 hand-printed Bible verses that send a message pertaining to the word that they are in. Thus, art with a message.
God had a bigger plan...
After doing the first 200 or so pieces by hand and sharing them with friends, Mom and I quickly realized the impact my artwork was having on others. There was no doubt that He had a much bigger plan in mind, and, in August 2002, Inspirational Arts was officially born. My mom always liked to say that it was “born out of Love”.
Every good and perfect gift is from above.
Our story continues...
Recent years have brought tremendous grief and difficulty with the loss of both my best friend, Christi, and my precious mom. They were two very important people in my life and each played a significant part in our story. I will be forever grateful for this beautiful journey that Mom and I were able to share together, the many wonderful memories and the special friendships that God has brought into our lives.
My mom was my best friend, my confidant, my biggest cheerleader, and the heart and soul of Inspirational Arts. She was my “flower girl”, head of packaging and logistics and, most importantly, she had a genuine love for others and for sharing God’s Word with them. She made absolutely certain that no one missed the Message in our artwork.
As I begin this new chapter, our story of God’s love and His faithfulness will continue, and we will never stop giving Him all the glory for this most precious gift that He has given us and all that He has done.
…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Kelly and Liz Hansen
My purpose is that you may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that you may have the full richness of complete understanding, in order that you may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Please stop by and see us at the Painted Tree Boutiques in Champions, 5407 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Booth D9, Houston, TX 77069 or shop online on our website. Thank you for your support and for being a part of our story.