I was born in Belgium, and raised in the US as the only child of an artist father and loving mother. After the death of my parents this past year, creating art has served as a welcome catharsis for my grief. The death of my beloved parents created a void that journal construction helped fill. Art journaling and crafting “inspiration journals” is a way to accept this new phase of my life. As a retired art teacher, creating art purely as an act of self expression is a new experience. Zen philosophy, religious symbols, and love of family and friends have inspired and eased the grieving process. Making inspiration journals allows me to transform traditional and unexpected items into meaningful works of art. You will find that symbols and images, such as feathers play a significant role in my art, as I view them as affirmations from heaven. I enjoy exploring color, various media, and new ways to communicate emotions. By responding creatively to the challenges in my life, these challenges become more insignificant. I hope to inspire the viewer of my little book with gratitude, tranquility and peace.