Life in pictures
In 1 John, scripture says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." God sent His Son, Christ, to be the Word; and it is through the Word that we grow to love and know Him intimately.
Hello, my name is Alissa Merritt. I'm a homeschooling mom of 4 kids, ages 7, 5, 3, and 16 months. I'm originally from Pittsburgh, but I adopted OKC as home a few years ago when we moved back to my husband's hometown.
We spent the early years of our marriage on the east coast as a military family - my brother and husband attended the US Naval Academy together and served as Marine Corps infantry officers, each deploying to combat multiple times. In 2013, transitioned from the military and returned home to grow our family.
As my husband started his new career, and I spent more time caring for our family, I began ink and nib calligraphy as a way to enjoy periods of quiet and stillness, especially to reflect on the Word of God. Over time, I began studying and practicing watercolors as well. As a homeschooling mom, I spend a lot of time helping my kids experience beauty through words and nature, and my art has been a means to apply that to moments stillness myself.
I usually create my work in the midst of our daily routine. At times I watercolor while sitting on the back porch as my kids play in the yard. Others I'm working from the computer as our oldest reads aloud to her sisters. Sometimes I hand letter verses as part of my quiet time. And all too often I don't quite finish, because when your a mom, those peaceful moments can quickly turn back to chaos!
As I've grown in my own faith and relationship with Jesus, I have felt the power and beauty that words hold for me. Words are a reminder, they are affirmation, they are encouragement, and they hold truth. Whether it's for my closest friends, one of my husband's colleagues, even just an acquaintance, this art allows me to share these truths with others, in a way that I hope will lift them up.
All of my pieces of reproductions of original hand lettered, calligraphed paintings by myself. Contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org, for any custom work.
With a grateful heart,
Ivy Letter Co.