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Artist / Personal Statement
"And what is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered..." R.W. Emerson
My current creative focus involves being the founder/ eco artist of artweeds.com as I have always loved finding true beauty and purpose in the unexpected, unwanted and the tossed aside stuff... just got to keep coloring outside the lines!
I am a lifelong artist, from my early years as a fingerpainter (ha!) to being a graphic artist, then eventually into my evolution of authentic artmaking with incredible clients after getting an MA in Art Therapy (Registered Art Therapist) ...keep creating ...keep communicating ...keep praying!
Registered Art Therapist (ATR), MA Art Therapy from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 1995, American Art Therapy Association credentialed since 1996 -an art therapist is an artist, art educator, therapist- I was in social services until 5/2010, presently not seeing clients. BA Journalism (Major: Advertising/ PR, Minor: Visual Art) from University of North Dakota 1982
Founder/ Artist of artweeds.com, online gallery shop of visionary eco art & funky eco jewelry
A Few Fun Highlights... more details available upon request: H2O US Tour, art and essay (clean waters project), 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL, 2001; Art with a Southern Drawl, Mobile, AL, 2002; "Word Pictures: The poetry and art of art therapists", Moon/ Schoenholtz, C. Thomas Publ., poems and essay: Creativity is Supernatural, 2004; Sunrise Mural, Baldwin County Commission (Girl's Wilderness Program), Bay Minette, AL, 2006; The Charming Wall/ 6 x 6 gallery, eco collages, New York, 7/10-11/10; Sketchbook Project Tour/ Arthouse Coop, sketchbook now part of Brooklyn Library permanent collection, Brooklyn, NY, 2010; featured Earth Day eco artist for Habitat for Humanity, Florida 4/2011; artweeds featured in Context Magazine (Y.Dubel, founder/ editor), September 2011; Green Divas Show, Radio Correspondent for gulf coast region, ongoing.
Hi, Laima. Visited your website. Very nice. I wish I knew more about posting things on this network. I'm not very adept at this sort of thing. A hit or miss process for me, I'm afraid. I hope you'll have a chance to visit my website sometime (http://www.tomgraffagnino.com/).