I truly believe that the need to be witnessed by the self and by others is a human-core-need to be fulfilled by the act of creating. Therefore, a compelling part of my journey is the teaching of art making in the context of visual journaling. As a young adult in Israel, I had studied Fine Arts in an artists’ village nestled at the foot of Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and later, in the Netherlands, Graphic Design at the University of Arts in the contemporary yet history-drenched city of Utrecht. Now living by the beach of Southern California with my family, I take in all the magnificence of the landscapes that shaped me and of the visual languages I have acquired along the way. I keep an online visual journal (blog) titled One Artist Journal that is derived from my actual physical journal pages. It is now available in a published book form, carrying the same title. After One Artist journal came 14 Artist journals, my second book, depicting the journaling worlds of 14 magnificent individuals. Then came my third book titled In My Bones: A Visual Journal. It’s continuing where One Artist Journal left off. I am very passionate about finding meaning and connection through the process of visual journaling. Engaging in a world that is far more expansive than my own enlivens me to no end.
Leighanna Light is an art instructor, thingmaker, bookmaker and figurative assemblage artist. Her background is in fine arts and photography, and she has been teaching art workshops for the past 15 years. Leighanna is represented by galleries and museums across the country and her work has been published in numerous books & magazines. “I love to create, to hunt for things to create with & to share my creativity with others. It’s what I live for, it’s my oxygen.” Leighanna grew up in a small town in upstate NY and has spent most of the past 20 years in New Mexico. She currently resides in Taos NM with her best friends, Thomas & Lily.
Katie Kendrick lives along the banks of the Tahuya River in western Washington. Surrounded by the Tahuya State Forest, The peaceful beauty of the nature that surrounds her is a constant source of inspiration and nourishment for her creative spirit. She finds art making to be one of the most powerful ways to connect with her innermost essence, while at the same time discovering her authentic voice. She enjoys the experimental and intuitive layers of creating, where she can explore inner and outer worlds simultaneously. She has a passion for sharing her love of creating with others and teaches mixed media workshops across the U.S. Her first book, “Layered Impressions: A Mixed-Media Approach to Painting and Poetry” was released in 2012.
I am named after a “French” anti-perspirant (yep—you read that correctly), “Mistelle”, found in a grocery store aisle of my small West Texas hometown. My mom, the teacher, worked her phonetic (umm… not so much) magic on the original spelling and ended up with “Mystele”, which most people now fail to pronounce correctly, leaving me with the life-long addendum, “It rhymes with Michelle.” To top off the whole name thing, I married a guy from Illinois with Norwegian heritage. Needless to say, I now have to pronounce and spell my entire name all. the. time. HAH! This guy and I have two beautiful works of art in the form of teenage and tween-age boys.
So what about art? Well, one day, after a very, very, very long (years) struggle with the deep darks of depression and a final melt-down that sucked all creative life out of me, I found myself waking up to life again, and I said a little prayer: “God, I feel like I need to be creative again. What should I do?” Well, his answer should be obvious to ya!! And I am so incredibly thankful to be an artist. I mean, who knew? I sure didn’t!
What’s my favorite part about creating, you ask? I am totally jazzed by what happens between the beginning and the end of a painting or creative project, much more than the resulting art created. There is so much “space” to learn and listen during the act of creating…It fuels my soul for miles and miles. I love sharing that passion for the process with other creatives.
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A modern day expeditioner, I practice my own version of archeology, scanning the terrain for intriguing bits and pieces that present themselves. I am most inspired by nature and its melodic effects on the human spirit with my intention being to offer a simple, yet organic, approach to viewers in my work. Passionate about repurposing everyday objects, I am committed to reinventing normal into something eclectic, expressive, lighthearted and potentially spiritually stimulating all at once.
Having traveled all over the United States and internationally to offer creative instruction, I find respite in my home studio in the valleys of Southern Oregon where I work from home – continually influenced by the view out my studio windows, witty comments from my young daughters, and the ebb and flow of creative energy. My own book featuring my found object jewelry titled “Semiprecious Salvage” arrived in bookstores February 2008.
Nina has been an artist for as long as she can remember in the sense of channeling an insane, intense desire to simply CREATE. Since 1988, she has been a professional jewelry designer, and has been teaching mixed media/jewelry workshops, both in the United States and abroad, since 2000.
In the early winter of 1999, Nina opened a blank book one bitterly cold night and let her sense of design spill across the pages. The process is one that continues to unfold, and she is never without amazement and a sense of utmost gratitude for the creative flow that has yet to lessen in force.
She lives with Walter, her loyal 4-legged companion, surrounded by nature in her beloved mountains of western North Carolina; her greatest pride and joy centers on her two bright and shining sons, Robin and Roy. They’ve flown the nest, but continue to come home and check on their mom and tell her they love her without hesitation. Life is good.
Danielle writes and paints to unearth the buried stories within her own life. She was born and raised in a mining town in Northern Ontario, Canada. Like the miners who excavate nickel with their tools, she excavates truth with paint and pen. She believes our stories connect us and by sharing them, we create bridges and make room for new narratives.
A schoolteacher for many years, she has now become a full-time artist and writer. She is thrilled to help guide others towards a creative path that has helped her find true happiness by healing the many layers that continue to unfold within.
Danielle believes it is the discovery of these inner stories and the truth that lies within them, that will set us free.
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Mindy Lacefield is a mixed media artist who draws inspiration from the nostalgia of her childhood. Creating from the heart of a 7 year old, rainbow colors find themselves mingling among bursts of neon. Intuitive mark making with oil pastels tell the story of the child that still resides so vividly in the soul. Working quickly, letting go, and allowing spontaneous splashes of color just happen has been her approach to facing the blank canvas. Being in the moment and enjoying the process of painting with no specific plans of the outcome continues to thrive as Mindy’s method of creating. Exploring the duality of nature, the dark against the sweet side – evolve and marry together – to awaken the dream-state that resides in layers of the soul.
Mindy is a full time artist living in central Arkansas with her husband and magical poodle, Merlin. When she’s not in the studio, she loves to watch independent films and is inspired by the movies of Tim Burton, Alfred Hitchcock, and Stanley Kubrick.
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Having recently moved from Oregon to eastern Washington, DJ is busy exploring the surroundings and becoming acquainted with the native birds of the area. She is renowned for her photography skills, as well as her handmade books that explode with color, texture and photos. She uses a variety of unconventional art methods and is continually creating new techniques to incorporate into her work and teaching. Recent art passions include experimenting with new ways to alter her photographs, both digitally and with acrylic paints and mediums. She then combines them with repurposed textiles, vintage scraps and ephemera into visual journals and art books where word, emotion, and image collide. Her completed books are extraordinary works of art and are highly sought after.
DJ has held workshops both nationally and internationally and her work has been widely published in many books and magazines. She continues to explore various ways in which she can continue to share her talents and passion with others.
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Entirely self-taught, Jesse Reno decided early in his career to forego formal training, opting to develop his individualistic style through a prolific and exuberant output of creation. His materials range from acrylic paint and oil pastels to colored pencils laid primarily over wood panel and canvas. He generally works on five to ten canvases at once, apportioning equal time to each, in the interest of allowing the thematic content to germinate organically. Open as the artist is to the unfolding of subconscious content, his paintings emerge as pieces of a dreamlike mythic narrative.
“As in primitive cultures my creations remain pure as if they are my personal gods and visual diaries, free from the concerns of technique, preconceived ideas, meaning, or concern for what has come before… they come from within, and manifest as an expressions of the world that surrounds, like gods created in ones own image, a reflection of self, and outward understanding…”
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Kelly Rae Roberts & Mati Rose McDonough
Kelly Rae Roberts neglected her creative dreams until she was 30 years old. Once she finally put paint onto paper, her heart and life exploded with a joy she hadn’t known before. Now, many moons later, she’s a full time mixed media artist, author, and seeker of all things joyous. She is the author of Taking Flight: Inspiration + Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings, a popular arts + craft book that encompasses all aspects of what it means to live the creative life. Her work has been featured in a variety of mixed media books by her peers and she’s had several articles published in various magazines, including Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Life, and Memory Makers. Recently, she signed on with Brush Dance Publishing and Demdaco for long term licensing agreements that will showcase her work on cards, journals, magnets, calendars, and decorative wall art in stores nationwide. In essence, Kelly Rae is an artist, author, and all around lover of life and people who not only seeks to express a sense of vitality and connectedness in her creations, but is passionate about teaching others how they too can find their creative wings.
Mati Rose McDonough is a painter and illustrator who lives and works in San Francisco in the studio behind her home. Mati Rose is a busy artist who balances showing around the country, teaching, illustration projects, licensing deals and her own designs. She hopes that this is just the beginning. Mati is currently inspired by Italy, painting murals, art retreats and her artist husband Hugh.
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Best known for her Fragment series of small fabric collages, Lesley is also an internationally known quilter and mixed-media artist with a passion for color and the written word. She has taught extensively in the US and internationally. Her art and articles have appeared in numerous publications and juried shows. In her current position as Contributing Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, Lesley showcases new talent and mixed media art. Her first book, Quilted Memories, brought new ideas and techniques to quilting and preserving memories. Lesley’s second book, Fabric Memory Books, combined fabric and innovative ideas with the art of bookmaking. Her latest book, Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur (C&T), takes a new material to a new level. Using her experience and knowledge of image transfer, Lesley has also recently introduced a new product – TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) – that creates state of the art image (and text) transfers.
Lesley has filmed instructional DVDs with Creative Catalyst Productions and Quilting Arts. Not one to be camera shy, Lesley also appeared on three episodes of Quilting Arts TV Season 1.
Through her teaching, writing and art, Lesley aspires to inspire others to find their own voice and share in the magic that is art.
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I have had a life-long love affair with art and “making stuff”. I began working with metal in 1969 as an assistant to Carmel, CA metal sculptor Malcom Moran. After a brief period of operating my own metal sculpture studio and gallery, I entered the teaching profession. I have recently retired after 32 years of teaching art and photography in public school. In 2002 I turned to making found-object jewelry as an outlet for my metal work and have been teaching jewelry making classes to adults at various venues across the U.S. My work has been featured in ‘Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry’ and ‘Jewelry Artist’ magazines. Examples of my work have been included in Susan Lenart-Kazmer’s book, ‘Making Connections’ and in ‘Exhibition 36’ by Susan Tuttle.
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I live at the edge of the charming and historic town of Jacksonville in southern Oregon. There is always something going on in my studio; painting, surface design on paper, book binding and making handmade paper have been keeping me happily occupied for many years. The need to create and play in color started when I was a child and by responding to that call my joy and my work have become one. Sharing what I do and know through my artwork and my teaching is a way to pass on the fruits of my curiosity and explorations.
Almost twenty years ago I was painting a lot and then took an afternoon paper-making class and really fell in love. For years I was sloshing around in the pulp, experimenting, taking classes and teaching workshops. Making handmade paper led to making books. It is in this form that I find the marriage of paper and the surface design processes I love.
I teach workshops in my studio, at Art Fest and Art & Soul for many years and am delighted to be teaching at An Artful Journey.