Education

2011 – 14

                  Ph.D., Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology, emphasis in Expressive Arts for Healing and Social Change, Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA

Education and training in person-centered expressive arts for healing.

2003            Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Dean’s List. Education and training in painting, drawing, illustration, and  multimedia.

Community Art Experience

2013-Present   Alaska Child & Family, Anchorage, AK

Individual, family, group, and expressive arts therapy with children from three to twenty one years old. Clinically supervised the activity therapy department, maintained open communication streams between clients, families, and co-workers. Developed treatment plans and peer reviews. Enhanced agency programming through developing treatment groups and facilitated expressive arts trainings for agency employees.

2013                  Kalskag Outreach Project, Alaska Child & Family, Kalskag, AK

Selected as a member of a collaborative outreach effort for rural Alaska funded by AK Child & Family. This outreach took a multifaceted approach to engaging generations of community members in a path towards wellness. Designed and facilitated educational and art-based workshops for high school students on breaking cycles of violence.

2011-Present     Gwen Kennedy and Associates

Evolving visual representations for envisioning company goals and plans for implementation. Summits attended: Alaska Public Broadcasting, Inc., Anchorage Concert Association, LGBTQ Anchorage Chapter.

2011-Present     Anchorage Community Land Trust

Art for peace and social change projects in Mountain View, Anchorage, AK. Proposed and executed a community mural engaging Mountain View residents on ideas for peace. The mural is 160 ft long and installed on Mountain View Drive.

Designed and painted archways for the Community Gardens at Bragaw for neighborhood beautification.

2012                       Boys and Girls Club in Mountain View

Mural creation and research project with children ages 5-17 about problems and solutions for the Mountain View community. Mural is on display at the Boys and Girls Club in Mountain View.

2011                       Anchorage’s Promise

Organized community mural project for kids and teens.

 

Illustration Projects

2013                       The Little Potato

 Jungian and existential perspective on life development for children and adults.

2012                       North Star Behavioral Health Center

Illustrated children’s book about depression and treatment for clients and parents at North Star. Applied knowledge of psychology to create characters that could be informative and relatable to children.

2010                       Micah’s Miraculous Mission

Illustrations for psychology-based educational stories. Designed for kids as a tool to facilitate communication between children and adults.  Printed by Halo Publishing Co.

2009                       Elisha’s Great Mission

Illustrations for psychology-based educational stories. Designed for kids as a tool to facilitate communication between children and adults.  Printed by Halo Publishing Co.

2009-10                Illustrations for Eagle River Nature Center

Designed animal illustrations for interpretive panels.

 

Design Projects

2012                       H20 Guides, Alaska Heli Skiing

                              Graphic designs for the H20 Ski line.

2010-                     Diabolical Puzzles LLC.

Present                   Graphic design for laser cut jigsaw puzzles.

Art Shows

2015                       Midnight Sun Brewery, Anchorage, AK

First Friday group show/fundraiser for the Alaska Avalanche School

2015                       International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK

First Friday group show

2014                       Middle Way Cafe, Anchorage, AK

Second Friday art show

2013                     Earth, Fire, and Fibre Juried Exhibition,  Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK

XXIX Biennial art exhibit

2012                       Snow Goose, Anchorage, AK

First Friday art show

2011                       SubZero, Anchorage, AK.

First Friday art show

2010                        International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK.

Shelter Project, First Friday art show, group showing.