Equity Kingdom Artist,
Artista Anni is the maker of most of the artwork seen on this site. An artist, writer, activist, visioner, and self-publisher, she has been making drawings, paintings, illustrations, posters, and signs since childhood. She says, As a child I loved using my imagination, making art and writing stories. I also loved nature and exploring the outdoors. I loved God and Jesus, and, growing up in the civil rights era, I was inspired to believe in the civil rights movement and justice/equality for all people.
Now, many years later, I continue to pursue these loves, beliefs, and inspirations. I realize my purpose in life is to use my imagination and creativity to motivate people to “love your neighbor as yourself,” to lift up the cause of justice for all people, to encourage activism to make changes to improve our life on earth, and to inspire others to work for bringing justice “on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
In my art, the spiritual themes are God’s love for us, God’s kingdom (the beloved community), how we are all made in God’s image, and how we can love God and other people—our neighbors—as ourselves. I use the human figure to convey character and emotion, and use groups of figures to portray equity, justice, peace, and community. With vivid imagination, bold line drawings, and strong colors, I try to raise questions and suggest transformations, social actions, and healings. My art has always been racially and culturally inclusive, encouraging diverse people to talk with each other. I try to bring hope, peace, and joy to people, and to reflect my belief in the great value and beauty of each person.
Today, the things that bring me joy are my children, my grandkids, spending time with my extended family, and, as throughout my life, creating visual and word art, imagining a better and more just world, and working with others to realize that hope and vision.
I’ve come to see that I’m good at envisioning future possibilities and translating them into words and images. I’m also good at empowering others to explore new ideas and expressions for social change. And I love connecting my own and others’ concerns for our country and our planet as well as our visions for justice everywhere, and brainstorming together the actions we need to take to get there.
Our world really needs justice. In so many forms: racial, economic, climate, gender… We also need new ways, policies, and organizations—to make change and realize true love, respect, equity, and justice for all.
Why justice? Because justice is what God asks of us: “Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.” (Micah 6:8) God also commands that we love others as we love ourselves: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31) I work for justice because it’s the kind of world I want to live in and what I want for my own children, grandkids, and all future generations.