Many people ask me, “How can I know if I am artistic?” Kathy Koch explores a more helpful question in her book, How Am I Smart? She simplifies the languages of psychology, occupational testing, and Christian theology by putting forth two ordinary words: nature and nurture. She shows how to recognize nature in children by what they naturally do in their playtime. Koch also describes how to nurture those tendencies. With thanks for her illuminating work, I will borrow her two terms, as I share my life’s experiences that shaped my art and faith.