Mary K. Riley

As an academic, Mary researched and published work considering different models of cross-cultural understanding and education. She served as a Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Riverside and was a scholarship recipient at the Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute for continued research and promoting cross-cultural education in Shandong and Beijing, China. She is a regular contributor to ICM's blog: Redefine Therapy, and is currently working toward her credential as a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant and Educator. Most recently she served as International Artist in Residence at Empty Space Chiang Mai, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 2018.

Visual Journaling & Expressive Arts Workshops

 Books are both containers and portals. Receptacles for feelings and thoughts, and doorways to new worlds. Visual journaling invites us to explore the worlds within us by bringing artistic imagery to bear in the safe container of a bound pages.

Visual journaling is an intimate way to connect to the creative nature that exists in us all, whether or not we believe we are artistically inclined. I am pleased to offer visual journaling workshops that take advantage of mixed media techniques as a mode of deepening self understanding and connecting with our authentic inner voices. Join me as we fearlessly journey into our own psyches to unblock creative barriers and grain a deeper sense of self using mixed media techniques in the secure container of a book. 

Whether we are just beginning with an afternoon class or a full two day workshop, we will gain insight through a series of processes, that combine journaling and mixed media techniques, to express our own stories through art. 

Original Artwork

What started in books quickly moved to canvases as the ideas and possibilities spread beyond their containers. Primarily as a mode for my own healing, I began writing my story larger. I have been fortunate enough to work as an international artist in residence at Empty Space, Chiang Mai, and "journalist" in residence with visual journal artist Michelle Tompkins in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as having worked closely with Juliana Coles, a pioneer in visual journaling.  For enquiries about purchases and commissions, please contact me.

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