We had the good fortune of connecting with Runson Willis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Runson, what inspires you?
Inspiration is equivalent to the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. The feeling of enthusiasm you get from someone or something, that gives you new and creative ideas. Inspire’ is from the Latin ‘inspirare’, meaning ‘to breathe or blow into.’ When you are ‘inspired’, you are etymologically having an idea ‘breathed into you.’ Its as if the spirit of creation was indwelling and the one who is inspired, is the channel. As if the idea was predestined to come forth. Purposed and fruitful works would be considered inspirations. With that as a basis for understanding, I have found my inspiration to be not only the creation of all things, but also all things being purposed and creating with purpose. Inspiration is divine and when I am inspired i feel like God is telling me that there is something that someone needs to hear, feel or see. Someone needs to be healed by a gift given to one who understands that gifts are meant to be given and inspiration is meant to be shared, and not just put into a box for our own pleasures. It is that inspiration, that breath of creativity that can transfer itself into another to inspire their creativity. This inspires me and all of my creation. The God within us pouring out onto all who are ready to be inspired.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I make art for the people. oppression, poverty, life color joy, peace It speaks for itself. When i sing, i do it because i cant help it. When I paint, i do it because it bursts from my fingertips, and when i play it is a prayer for the world.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shout out to my Grandma and my mom. They raised my by themselves and did all they could to make sure that I had a life i knew was worth living. My grandmothers passing was the catalyst for me to pick up a brush again and paint like my life depends on it. So this goes out to two special ladies who made this man believe in himself and the power of God. C S Lewis, one of the greatest authors of all time, and most of all God for never giving up on anyone.
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