About Valerie Sjodin

 Artist | Workshop Facilitator | Spiritual Director

I am an artist, workshop facilitator, and certified spiritual director. My passion is art making and 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 and improve their creative ability. 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.

Prayerful Doodling book published in 2018, is an outgrowth of connecting with God through creativity. 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 Complete Guide to Bible Journaling and the 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 travel 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. Lifetime Arts, a national online directory of teaching artists for older adults has added me to their roster of teaching artists.

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 eight grandchildren.