Getting to Know God

An Artist's Journey

by Alice Ann Dobbin



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/23/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 88
ISBN : 9781449723224

About the Book

Getting to Know God is a unique blend of art and religious thought.

Inspired verses from the personal journal of a Charleston artist are joined with biblical quotes and reproductions of her oil paintings. The images embrace the artist’s love of nature, celebrating God’s creation. Her words express life experiences while exploring the meaning of faith and the glory of God.

From reflections on the simple things in life to parenting, praising God, and dealing with anxieties, Getting to Know God is all about gaining a sense of peace by trusting in His love. Now in its second printing, it continues its positive effects on people of all ages.

When challenging times demand an oasis of hope, Getting to Know God offers an uplifting visual and emotional experience.

"An artist possesses gifts of perception and interpretation. Alice Ann's abilities in this respect are obvious. It is however, her willingness to share her deepest thoughts and meditations, in the context of her own life's journey, that makes her most gracious. Many of us marvel and see the presence and power of God in nature. It is Alice Ann who reminds us, as our Heavenly Father does, to see His majesty in our everyday lives.

Allow this artist, daughter, wife, and mother to open your eyes and hearts so that you may seek to truly know God and see all of the majesty and blessings that surround you. For this, I am grateful to Alice Ann, that little gallery on Johns Island tended by her faithful husband, Robert, and their dog, Ben. I am most grateful to our heavenly Father who brought her to us in this book. By the Grace of God indeed."

—C. Harvey Rice

Private Wealth Advisor

Charlotte, North Carolina

About the Author

Charleston, South Carolina, artist Alice Ann Dobbin has been drawing and painting since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Born in an ethnic neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she was selected to attend special classes for the artistically gifted while still in elementary school. The classes were held at what later became Carnegie Mellon University, an incubator of talent producing many nationally prominent artists.

For Dobbin, the creative endeavor was always a deeply rooted need, rather than a pastime. Her high level of energy, even at an early age, manifested itself into late-night artistic projects, which were unpopular with her working-class parents, who considered her an unusual, but talented child.

Also a gifted writer, she graduated with a degree in journalism and advertising from Pennsylvania State University and won numerous graphic awards in the field of communications. She later obtained her art degree from Washington and Jefferson College where she was honored with the prestigious Beta Scholar designation by the president of the college.

Prior to becoming a full-time artist, Dobbin taught art at elementary, high school, and college levels and also worked as a private consultant in art and graphic design. During her early years in teaching, she pioneered the integration of art history into the practical arts curriculum from kindergarten to twelfth grade.

Although her current focus is oil painting, her extensive body of work includes etchings, mezzotints, watercolors, and pastels. A member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, and Artists for Conservation, her work appears in numerous private, public, and corporate collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia and is included in the collection of a former United States president.

Dobbin’s journey of faith has been a very ecumenical one. It began with her maternal grandmother, Anna Fedasz. She remembers going with her as a youngster to Protestant churches of various denominations. Church was an all-day event, and they often packed a lunch. Although her parents were not churchgoers, they encouraged her to attend. Occasionally, she also would attend Catholic mass with her childhood friend, Janet (Koretzka) Johnson. Dobbin’s father and his sisters were also Catholic and her great-aunt, Sister Cornela, was a nun in of the order of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Most of her early spiritual influence, however, was from her grandmother, who became an evangelist toward the end of her life and was sought after by people of the community for prayers and support.

Although she did not regularly attend any church throughout college, Dobbin felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in her life and prayed that she would have a devout Christian husband. It was not until she married that she became fully aware of the importance of the Lord in her life and her family. After raising two children, it was an act of faith for Dobbin and her husband to leave their jobs and open an art gallery. Today, they still consider each sale a gift from our eternal provider and take pride in the motto on the gallery door: “By the Grace of God.”