2017 Conference Spotlight: TRU Original

Hello, my name is Jill Metz and I’m the artist behind TRU Original. I married a cradle Catholic in 1999 and have two teenagers, ages 16 and 17yrs old. After 10 years of marriage, God led me into the Catholic Church, many would say kicking and screaming! I have been a professional artist since 2007 but in 2014, God again called me to another conversion…this time it was in my artwork. He commissioned me to begin painting Saints. I tried to ignore His prompting, and then when that wouldn’t work, I tried to convince Him that He had the wrong girl. I even tried to re-route Him by creating other “callings” for myself, although worthy they seemed, they weren’t my true purpose. Finally, St. Lucy came into my life and I experienced a profound healing of my eyes that convinced me to step out in Faith, yet again, and that has lead me to where I am today…painting Saints and creating Catholic art. I get to know each Saint I paint in a very intimate way. I feel they guide my hand and I surrender my work to them and to the Holy Spirit. You can read more about my healing experience through the intercession of St. Lucy here. Or, listen to my Faith in Action podcast on Catholic Radio Indy.

Most recently, through the prompting of one of my customers and of course, The Holy Spirit, I created The Saint of the Month Club. This Saint of the Month Club is a celebration of our friendship with the Saints. It’s faith-filled encouragement and inspiration for boys and girls, ages 5 through 12 years old. It’s a helping hand for Parents, Grandparents, Godparents and anyone who wants to assist a child in growing in their love of Jesus and His Church. A monthly Saint of the Month Club package is delivered right to the door. Each month I prayerfully create and select items that encourage a fun and interactive journey with a special Saint. Children will be inspired by this gift to live out their faith through prayer, action, and creativity.

So, as you can tell…I kinda dig the Saints! It’s an honor to paint the Saints. It’s an honor to be called to share the love of the Saints with families. I look forward to meeting you and introducing you to the artwork I paint. May the love of Christ propel us all to be radical and bold in sharing our love for Him and our friends in Heaven.

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