I recently saw artwork by Hannah Ferris, a student at Cedarville University, and was fascinated by her work. I had to learn more! Enjoy learning about Hannah and her work through my Q&A with her.
Q: Hannah, how long have you been painting?
Hannah: I’ve always loved art from a young age, but I didn’t start painting with oil paint until fall of 2017, when I took a painting class at Cedarville University.
Q: What did you name this project?
Hannah: Removing the Silence | Free to Speak
Q: What was the specific assignment this painting was fulfilling?
Hannah: For this assignment, we were challenged to make a concept painting based on the word “race.” This was my first concept piece, so it took me some time to wrestle through what I wanted to say and to create a visual to convey that idea.
Q: What is one question about ethnicity you’d really like to ask someone?
Hannah: I would ask them how I can help. There is something each of us can do to help those being unfairly treated because of their ethnicity. We need to listen to these people instead of coming up with our own ideas.
Q: Where would you like to see your painting hung?
Hannah: To be honest, the thought of someone wanting my painting never crossed my mind. I thought it was going to end up somewhere in my bedroom, unable to hang it up because of its size. To have it hanging up anywhere is amazing to me.
Q: What experience has best helped introduce you to different people groups?
Hannah: I do a ministry in inner-city Dayton every week where I get to hang out with refugee kids from Eastern Africa. Half of them speak Arabic, while the other half speak Swahili. I love being able to share the Gospel with them and learn about their different cultures.
Q: What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you involving other people groups?
Hannah: While I was in Latin America on a missions trip, one of the missionary kids organized my team by how “gringo” we were. I was the second-most gringo, losing only to a 6 foot, 5 inch blond on our team.