Hi, I’m Michele Struss
I was born with a form of dwarfism that has led to many surgeries, neurological damage and daily challenges; but it has also led me to know God in ways I otherwise couldn’t. This road can be unquestionably hard, but I wouldn’t trade it.
And to be honest, I love being unique!
My journey as an artist has been intertwined with my faith as I am continually stretched for greater capacity and purpose. Each time I am lead outside of my comfort zone I find myself praying the same prayer… “Lord, I cannot do this on my own; I need You to be the artist and simply use me as Your paintbrush.”
There have been many tears (literally) along the way because stretching hurts. But every time I’ve followed God’s lead, He’s increased my gift beyond “me” and opened doors of opportunity I never even thought to ask for. As a result, I take little credit for my work. After-all, no one ever praised one of Michelangelo’s paintbrushes!
It’s an incredible feeling to see my work hanging in the humblest homes in developing countries as well as in the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, TX. The best feeling of all though, and my purpose, is shining the spotlight on God through my art and ongoing story.
Get To Know Me
1. Where Home Is
I live in northern NJ surrounded by the best family and friends a girl could ask for. …though some of my favorites live way further.
2. Things That Delight
I love being an artist! I also love pancakes for dinner, sunflowers, and getaways to our family cabin.
3. What Inspires Me
Finding beauty and hope in unlikely places.
4. My Superpower
The Holy Spirit
5. Favorite Scripture
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
6. Out of the Ordinary
I have been in the operating room about 30 times and to El Salvador around 20!
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