Sam and Kate Mylin, founders of Masterpiece Art, celebrate 25 years of ministry in August 2017. Sam is a native of Lancaster County; Kate is from Hawley, PA, in the Poconos. In 1991 they met on a bus Sam was driving to church here in Lancaster. They established Masterpiece Art in August of 1992 and married in December. I took some time to interview Sam about their vision and passion.
LINDA: You always have a pencil in hand. Why are you so attached to pencils?
SAM: I believe that if you can control your pencil, you will control your world of art! The pencil is the most basic tool of the artist’s art kit, used to make those first marks of whatever they create. Even writers begin with a pencil. In the same way, our salvation is the beginning of a creative walk. Learning to live like Jesus is basic to the Christian life. You see, the creative walk and the Christian walk parallel each other and in some cases dovetail and intersect.
LINDA: What was your inspiration in establishing Masterpiece Art?
SAM: Masterpiece Art is based upon Ephesians 2:10 where it says, “We are God’s masterpiece created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared for us in advance.” In August of 1992, I was asked to create an Art Club for inner city kids. That has now grown into clubs, camps, workshops, art shows, and more!
LINDA: So your art, in a sense, springs from the Bible.
SAM: My artwork I call “Biblical Artistry” for every creation I make reflects a truth from the Word of God. You see, art goes into every nook and cranny of humanity. It enables us to share the love of Christ with others.
LINDA: I think the kids that you teach really feel God’s love through you and Kate! My son took your art class, and you required students to draw in their sketchbook at least an hour a week. Why is that so important?
SAM: Getting into the sketchbook is only beginning of this creative process. It’s like getting into your Bible on regular basis. The sketchbook holds an artist’s ideas, whereas the Bible gives us God’s plan for living an abundant and victorious life.
LINDA: There’s a lot of debate today about what is truly art. How would you define ‘art’?
SAM: Art is the reflection of the creator, meaning my artwork will look different from yours, yet it reflects me. Beyond that, I am a reflection of a greater Creator and so are you. So, in that sense, we are all Masterpieces!