Meet Joanna Simeone
Milk Moon House was started out of the desire to offer Shalom to the world, and to create artwork and a shared marker that offers the tender truth that we are not broken, we are not less than, we are exactly where you need to be. Our artwork conveys that in a world that constantly sends us messages about our inadequacy, that a greater truth exists that we are made completely on purpose. We are safe. We are held. It is intended to offer a simple peace that exists outside of our circumstances, that darkness will not overtake us, that there is a Light that offers protection, nourishment, and hope.
Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
I have had a love of art and music all my life, graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in advertising and public relations and moved to the hills of East Tennessee to enjoy the outdoors and be near family in 2006. I worked in Public Relations for East Tennessee Children's hospital advocating for children with organ transplants after my nephew was born with Cystic Fibrosis. After my daughter was born in 2009, I was able to stay home with her and start creating wood art and abstracts, and found with the space at home and the new birth, my creative energy began to swell with a new intensity. I started hand painting and restoring old furniture, which evolved into word art on reclaimed wood and allowed me to express the messages I felt stirring within me about God's love for His people.
The name Milk Moon House came from a meditation I had while sitting on my deck on a warm May evening. The moon was so full and so bright, and I felt this deep communion with God and felt so grateful for everything around me. I learned it was the "Milk Moon", deriving from Native American culture and representing the moon of abundance, a time when crops and flowers were coming in at their fullest and highest yielding. I knew that this abundance was what I wanted people to enjoy in their homes and to receive through the artwork I created for them.
"My worldview is this: ‘At all times, people are doing one of two things. They’re showing love. Or they’re crying out for it.’"
- Humans of New York