Alivia Puterbaugh, a native to the Midwest and graduate of Purdue University, served as a teacher in a local middle school for three years and, upon letting go of her job, followed a calling into writing her first book, He Calls Me His Dandelion. "Dandelion" is a fictional retelling of Puterbaugh's life experiences from 2013 until 2017. From September 2013 until August 2014, Puterbaugh attended an organization known as Youth With a Mission (YWAM) at a base in eastern Germany. There, she learned about the partnership of the arts and missions, which she continues to carry on into the artwork she creates today. In her free time, Puterbaugh enjoys creating pointillism pieces, using a basic ink pen and colored pencils as her medium.
During her time in missions, Puterbaugh learned the beauty of coupling artwork with spreading the Gospel. In both her book, He Calls Me His Dandelion, and through her artwork, Puterbaugh seeks to share this process in a non-threatening, open-ended way.
When not writing or drawing, Puterbaugh can often be found enjoying the outdoors, reading, or developing her cooking skills in the kitchen. A cup of coffee usually accompanies all three.
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does, in fact, please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust You always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.” - Thomas Merton
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