Art and Grief

I was recently interview by Neville Harson LPC about art and grief. Grief comes in many shapes and sizes, and how grief is expressed can look very different from one person to the next.  Beware of anyone telling you specifically how you should or should not be grieving the loss of someone or something you love--there is no "one-size-fits-all" when it comes to grief.

I recently spoke with visual artist Shannon Amidon about art and grief.  Shannon is a California based artist who creates mixed media artwork primarily using the medium of encaustic painting.  She often incorporates repurposed or "upcycled" materials into her work.  In a span of five years, she lost seven family members and three work colleagues.  I asked her about how her work was affected by these deaths, and if she consciously approached her art with the idea of working through some of her grief.

You can read the full interview here

Teen Art Workshops

I am very excited to be teaching a series of art workshops for teens at the Palo Alto Art Center. They can be taken individually or as a series. Compose Yourself –  This new initiative affords teens an opportunity to experiment with materials, techniques, and approaches to artmaking and self-branding. The workshops and projects not only provide participants with unique access to processes, places, and people, but also equip them to be makers in their own right. Through this initiative, teens will learn the skills and self-confidence to make their voice— and vision—heard. Workshops include:

Snap Your Story Workshop Photo Reimagined Workshop Paper, Paper Everywhere Workshop Sketch It Workshop ArtVenture Trip Graphic Sense Workshop – With Guest Artist Michael Foley Reductionist Poetry Workshop Basic Book-Binding Techniques Workshop Artist Statements Workshop Unique You Art Party

You can find out more and register here