About Valerie Sjodin

 Artist | Workshop Facilitator | Spiritual Director

I am an artist, workshop facilitator, and certified spiritual director. My passion is encouraging people to connect with God through creativity. Teaching Art Journaling and Art & Faith workshops in person and online are ways I live out that passion and connect with other like-hearted people. Through teaching and writing, my hope is to inspire people to believe in their creative ability, and to connect with God through the creative process. Taking time to listen and respond to God through art making is a natural part of my life and faith journey, a combination of being and doing, a collaboration and conversation with God.

In 2016 I worked on, and published through Taunton Press, two faith-based coloring books, Colorful Blessings and Colorful Blessings: Celebrating Everyday Wonders. In the book Paintings, Prayers, and Passages, I tell my faith journey through art. You may also find my work in Holy Bible: Mosaic, and Somerset Studio and Art Journaling magazines.

As an adult learner, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, have attended and taught numerous workshops over the years, volunteered in the Art Literacy program at a local elementary school, taught how-to classes such as: coloring with colored pencils, painting and art journaling classes at local libraries; and exhibited art in galleries and exhibitions over the years.  For ten years, I taught Art and Art History to Jr. High and High School students, and still get excited sharing in the joy of the “aha” moments with people. Recently, I was added to the teaching roster of Lifetime Arts, a national online directory of teaching artists for older adults.

Currently, I am blessed to be living an artful life in Hillsboro Oregon, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband Keith. We have three grown married children and four grandchildren.

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