Ni Ketut Ayu Sri Wardani
Bali is my land and my family is the first Christian family in Bali. My family became Christians in 1933. I am the youngest in my family. My mother was 44 years old when I was born. She was too old to carry a baby, In her prayers she asked for a daughter and she promised God that if she had a daughter her child would serve God. I love painting. I studied in fine arts school and continued on to study fine arts and design college. I did not study theology but I use my talent to serve God. I think I can serve God whit my painting. When my mother passed away I had a problem. There were not many who understand and appreciated fine arts and I needed money. I had two choices: to continue to study fine arts or to learn interior design. In my mind at that time, the first choice was the best way as I could serve God through my art but I could not get enough money to support myself. The second choice was good in terms of money but did not allow me to serve God directly so I did not have peace in my heart. I had to choose between God and money. I asked God for the answer and the next day God showed me that I could depend on Him rather than on money or people. I chose to serve God and I have peace in my heart. Almost all of my works have the theme of â€œViadolorosaâ€ â€“ the suffering, affliction and punishment that Jesus Christ had to bear and endure, especially in His crucifixion.