HelloMy name is Cathy.
I am one of the museum artists and I am a designer at heart. When I see something, I am constantly studying its design, or how to rearrange it so it can communicate a message better. That artistic passion has taken me on several journeys in my life.
My husband, Doug, and I have been married for 13 years and he is my best friend. We are both artists so we get to explore the world and the Bible and be inspired by it. There is never a lack of inspiration or lack of conversation. I gave my life to Christ when I was 12 years old, but then in college fell into the worlds pattern of truth. I prayed for a husband who would love God and know more about Him than me, and God answered my prayer. Doug is the first person who showed me that the Bible had answers and that truth is not relative. I am so very grateful that God has put us together.
We have had the pleasure of working as independent contractors and volunteers with Answers in Genesis since 1999. We made the decision to move here from Pittsburgh and come on staff this past July. We love the ministry and their continual focus to reach the lost. It is an honor getting to work here.
My artistic passion has taken me on several journeys in my life. I have over 20 years of experience working as an Art Director, Set Designer, Director, Producer, 2D Animator and Graphic Designer.
I went to school to study Graphic Design at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. By Gods grace, I was hired, while still in school, to work as an Art Director for Ketchum Advertising. I worked there for 2 years and it was there that I got to work and learn with some of the best in the industry. It is also where my desire to do high quality, low cost advertising for non-profits started to grow. I soon started taking night classes at The Pittsburgh Filmmakers so I could learn to shoot and edit the commercials we were charging so much for. Next I worked at NBC as the Art Director for 9 years doing their print advertising and 2D animation. I loved what I did, and it was great to do high-end work, but it lacked purpose.
One night Doug and I got a call asking if I would consider moving to help create, direct and produce a Christian childrens television series. 2 years, 3 pilots and 56 scripts later we were doing exactly what we had been praying for, to work together for one purpose of glorifying God with our work.
While working on that series, we met Buddy and Kay Davis and instantly became friends. That led to Buddy and Kay setting up a meeting with Ken Ham and Ken asking us to consider creating and producing a kids show for AiG. Shortly after that meeting the characters and ideas developed for The Creation Adventure Team.
Now we are both on staff helping to get the museum ready. It's amazing to see how God has woven all of the experiences together into something much bigger than anyone ever imagined.
What God is doing here is simply amazing. This is not just a museum, it is a walk through the Bible. A place where people will come and finally understand that death, disease, and suffering are not what God desires, and that He has a plan and purpose for each of us. People will get saved here! Thats just too incredible to not to be a part of.
One of the projects that people see me working on the most is the Café. In fact, some now call me flower lady because I have been working on creating flowering vines that creep up the walls and across the ceilings.
The irony is that I am working with flowers, but I do NOT have a green thumb. I somehow kill every plant I ever buy. But, God has a great sense of humor and so I work with silk flowers and now paint them to look more realistic.
It's funny, when I first looked at the flowers and vines for the Café, I was overwhelmed. I could not figure out what to do with them. They were pretty, but they looked more like wedding bouquets and foam vines, not realistic climbing vines. I thought for sure they assigned me the wrong job. After all, I didnt have experience in flowers, I had lots of other experience, but none of it with flowers. I felt so out of place and ineffective.
But I think it was where God needed ME. God is continually showing me that it is not what we do, but with what attitude we do it. We are the ones who put God in a box, but He says He knows the plans He has for us. We simply have to be willing to serve and remember that it is not about me. Its about God.
I prayed, constantly asking God for wisdom as to how to approach the flowers for the café and that it would somehow glorify Him. One day I started cutting the stems apart, taking them out of their out of the box look and painting them and twisting them to make them look more realistic. That turned into painting thousands of pedals and leaves and occasionally literally painting myself a green thumb. Funny. Once the stems were rearranged and adhered to the wall it suddenly seemed to work. Ive had the pleasure of working with and getting to know dozens of volunteers who have helped to cut burlap and reeds, bend and twist stems, spray and even learn how to use an air brush. One lady even said she might go home and purchase an airbrush to paint some of her flowers.
Now, when I stare at the vines in the Café and I know they did not come that way, it makes me think of how God says He is the vine and we are the branches. That He is constantly pruning us, bending us and rearranging us so that He can make us into something far better than we ever imagined.