Hey there! My name is Summer Derrickson (Lisignoli previously), I am so happy that you are here and hope that my work speaks to you, or captures those wonderful memories of your furry loved one.
My personal work is based on my Christian faith and using the equine/animal form to express life lessons or inspirations that God gives me through my experiences. I use horses the most because they have a nobility, power, and grace that I feel we humans can connect to spiritually, sometimes even more so than other humans.
When I create a piece it is often inspired by beautiful things I have seen in nature that remind me of Gods grace, or through music that creates a feeling and message in my heart that I want to share and express on canvas or through graphic design. Frequently when I hear a song that connects with me I see the image that I want to paint finished and full of color. I take that inspiration and sketch it while the feeling is still is strong and clear to me. Although I tend to have many ideas, so usually I look through my past sketches and decide which resonates with me the most and then begin the piece! I truly enjoy painting the equine form and using it to communicate the message that God has put on my heart to share.
My interest in art and horses began at a young age and my passion for drawing horses really was sparked by the movie “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” as I watched the how to draw horses in the special features section. Ever since then I have been driven to capture the beautiful grace and elegance of nature (horses especially!) in my work.
In 2016 I had an amazing opportunity to go to the World Horseback Archery Championship in Seoul, South Korea for 10 days. It was on that trip that I truly began my journey of faith in God, I had never been away from my family that long and that far away. I was also just beginning my first year at Oregon State University for my Bachelor of Arts Degree. I had done my first two years at the community college and was raised on a beautiful farm in a small town and mostly kept to my close friends and family. So this was the first time I was truly going out on my own. Due to a misunderstanding on when I was supposed to be there by I had missed my flight with my friends and now I was going to take the next flight alone. I almost decided to not go.
I was going to be alone and not sure if anyone would be there to pick me up because of limited communications with my friends who were meeting me there. I fought with my fear of getting stranded throughout the flight and wondered if I was doing the right thing. We hit turbulence a couple times, and the flight felt like it would last forever. In total it was about 12 hours of time in the air. It was through many tears that I began praying for God to get me there safely and that my friends would be waiting for me.
When I arrived I saw them waiting for me and was so relieved! I was still scared that something might happen to me while I was in a foreign country but after that flight my faith began to grow and give me courage to face whatever came. I had a really good time, made new friends and made so many amazing memories I will always cherish! I have learned to take other opportunities that may scare me, but I have faith that God will make the best of each situation and use it to make me into the person I was meant to be.
I understand that this kind of situation may not be something that would be a problem for others, but each of us has had those moments where we were not sure if we were doing the right thing or almost let fear stop us from taking the chance. But if you pray and have faith that God will take care of you, He will. Be the person that God wants you to be, giving, kind, patient, forgiving, thankful for everything, and compassionate towards others.
My life and art has been greatly influenced by my faith in God, as He uses situations to teach me how to use the gift of art He gave me and to become the person He made me to be. As my art career has progressed I have started to overcome my fears of sharing my art and faith with the world. Trusting that God will make the best of it because He wants to work through me, if only I step out of the way and let Him.
I hope you enjoy my work and check out my Etsy store if you would like a copy of your own. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or requests.
I look forward to working with you and God bless!
A special thanks to my family, husband, and friends who have helped me to become the person and artist I am today!