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Hi I'm Cassie

I love making art. I'm an illustrator and musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student majoring in illustration; although people probably assume that I'm an art major by default, I've actually wanted to be an artist since I was a kid. From drawing on the garage floor in permanent marker to painting my dad's office red, my love for art-making has been apparent since the age of two. Although I didn't give the actual process of art-making much thought when I was young, it has become an amazing concept to me. The idea of making something beautiful out of simple blobs of color, a stick of charcoal, or any medium for that matter, amazes me. It is even more amazing to think that I am a work of art created by our Heavenly Father; although we may seem to be made of simple means, we all are truly glorious creations of our Heavenly Father. It also amazes me how art can change the lives of those that view it; the beauty that is expressed is really astounding. How incredible that people like Carl Heinrich Bloch made art that now changes the lives of so many people around the world! Another love of my life is music (an understatement, really). I love singing, playing the piano and the cello, listening to music, hearing others perform, and essentially everything related to music. But the most incredible thing to me about music is that Heavenly Father says that “the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me." In this light, music can not only bring joy into my life, but it can literally help me communicate with my Heavenly Father and grow closer to Him.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate enough to be raised in the gospel by my parents, but coming to college has made me realize how important the gospel is in my life. Looking back upon my life, I have realized that the times I have been most happy are the times when I have been living the principles of the gospel, such as reading my scriptures and praying every day. Conversely, the times that I have been most unhappy with my life were the times in which I did not live the gospel as fully as I should have. This realization has been a testimony to me of the truthfulness of the gospel and of the true happiness that obedience to the gospel brings. I also have a testimony of the application of the gospel to all aspects of my life. As I have tried (and sometimes failed) to make great art, I have often wondered why I'm not a great artist yet. As strange as it sounds, the scriptures have helped me put questions like these into perspective. In 2 Nephi 28:30, the Lord states that “. . . I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little . . .” Although this scripture is referring to how knowledge of the gospel is built upon, I've found that it applies just as well to art-making. Artwork is literally made by drawing “line upon line,” or painting “here a little and there a little;” it is not made in an instant. By applying the process of making a single artwork to becoming an artist, I've realized that it takes painting upon painting to become a great artist. Even though the scriptures don't say in exact words what I need to hear, it is the principles of the gospel found within them can truly apply to all aspects of my life.

How I live my faith

I am currently a visiting teacher in my ward. As a visiting teacher, I have a partner with whom I visit two girls each month. We ask the girls how they are doing, ask if they need any help, and teach them a short gospel lesson. We then report to our supervisor how each girl is doing and make sure that her needs are met. As a shy person, I've always found it difficult to reach outside of myself, but this calling has helped me gain a desire to reach out and help other people by serving them. It has made me realize that other people have trials and struggles, and that I can be an instrument in the Lord's hands to help them through those struggles. I am growing to love those that I serve, and hope that I will continue to cultivate that love.