About Valerie Sjodin

 Artist | Workshop Facilitator | Spiritual Director

As 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 are ways I live out that passion and connect with other like-hearted people.

At the age of 45, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting; have attended and taught numerous workshops over the years; locally teaching classes in my studio, volunteered in the Art Literacy program at an elementary school, taught travel art journaling classes at local libraries; and exhibited art in numerous galleries and exhibitions over the years.  For ten years, I taught Art and Art History to Jr. High and High School students, and still feel a thrill of joy sharing in the joy of the “aha” moments with people.

One thing I love is designing stencils and sharing creative ways to use them to make beautiful art. You can check out my designs at StencilGirl Products®.

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.

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.

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