Charlene Yoder studied abroad while earning her Graphic Design BFA from Millikin University. She holds an art teacher's license for all grades. She does murals and teaches private art lessons in Sarasota, Florida where she lives with her husband and daughter. Yoder won first place in the 2014 Aspiring Authors Writing Contest for Soul Snare, her first novel.
Yoder and her mother with Mona Lisa in the Louvre, Paris. (above)
Yoder and her father in London. (below)
Yoder and her mother, PIcidilly Circus. (right)
"Mommy won! Mommy won first place!" I danced around the kitchen startling my 2 year old and making her cry. Laughing with excitement, I scooped her up and waltzed around the kitchen between the stove and fridge, making her laugh too.
"Wow! Mommy is very happy. Wow!" Holding her up so I could look deep into her ocean blue eyes, I tried to convey the gravity of the moment in a language that the only person I had immediate access to could understand. She placed her hands on each side of my face and looked lovingly back at me. "Cookie?" she suggested in her high sweet voice.
I busted out laughing. Cookies were rationed in our ban of sugar and corn syrup. We did have a few homemade ones stashed in the freezer for special occasions. And this definitely qualified.
She got it!
We sashayed around the room together, giggling and dripping cookie crumbs as we celebrated in the morning sun that bounced through the open blinds making a natural disco ball for us.
I can't speak for all those winners of reality tv shows or sweepstakes or dream homes, but I can tell you after I made the cut from hundreds to the top 30, then the top 10 finalists, I lived each day until the reveal in a breathless state. I was torn between giddy hope and stubborn determination to not let a loss stop me because I realized God had given me something I had to say!
Examples of Art by Charlene Yoder
She Touched His Robe
72 x 12, graphite on paper
This drawing illustrates the story of the woman who reached out and touched Jesus' robe in a crowd and was healed of a bleeding disorder because of her faith.
The Lion's Den
3, 10x10 panels
graphite on canvas, PVC frame
Life size lions allow viewers to experience what it feels like to stand among hungry lions as Daniel did when he continued to pray to God and not to the king. Bullies may seem big and dangerous and scary, but with God we can do what's right.
Graphite sketch on paper
for a friend
9 foot x 4 foot
graphite on canvas, floor installation
Charlene uses this drawing to allow children to interact with art. The kids like to lay on the piece or place their hands next to the giants to see how they compare size wise to someone so intimedating. Goliath was defeated by a young boy with a sling shot who relied on God. The boy's name was David. Our problems may seem giant, but with God's help, we can defeat them.