Womancraft Publishing is proud to celebrate not just the words, but the images of talented women too.
Hülya OZDEMIR, creator of ‘Keep in Mind’ for Medicine Woman, is an illustrator and painter of watercolour portraits. Born in Istanbul in 1972, she has been living in Bodrum in the South Aegean for three years.
One of the ‘The Printemps des Artistes’ (The Spring of the Artists) artists, she has had two solo exhibitions and participated in two group exhibitions for charity. Her art has appeared on magazines and books around the world.
Although she focuses on predominantly female portraits, she does not set any restrictions on her drawings. What guides her is the understanding that a woman is a person who still struggles to exist in a male-dominated society, imprisoned in a role based on maintaining norms of society: tradition, morality, and family triangles, as an asset whose desires, vulnerabilities and worries often do not reflect her own feelings. In her artwork we see women becoming increasingly self-confident, re-establishing their human identity, as the artist enriches the exposition of these inner worlds with patterns.
ELSPETH McLEAN, creator of ‘Keep a loving Heart, Mandala’ for Full Circle Health: integrated health charting for women, is a visual artist based in BC, Canada. Elspeth creates her soul engaging, colourful and intricate artworks entirely out of dots made with acrylic paint and a paintbrush. For Elspeth, painting dots is a meditative and grounding experience.
Elspeth’s love of colour and detail are how she expresses and celebrates the colours of her soul. A lover of travelling, it is the new and beautiful landscapes she explores that become subjects of her art. Elspeth also has a great reverence with the seasons, cosmos, sacred geometry, the divine feminine and mythology that also influence her creations. She believes in the healing influences of colour and art which led her to achieving her Diploma in Art Therapy. Through her art she hopes to connect people with their inner child and to bring some vibrancy and joy to their lives.
Artist portrait by Tegan Clark.
ANA AFONSO, co-author of The Goddess in You is a Lisbon-based artist and graphic designer for children’s books and magazines. Ana has 5-year degree in Fine Art and a Masters in Drawing and is currently writing her PhD thesis on graphic design about picturebooks and ‘authorstrators’. Now and then Ana is a teacher or a graphic designer but most of the time she’s a happy, free spirited illustrator. You can catch her running or biking at daybreak collecting photos of the sunrise over the river Tagus – a ritual that combines what she calls “active meditation” with being grateful for living in such a wonderful city as Lisbon. (yoga, kayaking and swimming are also on the list).
Ana believes everyone can be empowered by imagery and archetypes, so, whenever she finds it, she tries to capture the healthy running wolf, the burning rising woman, the goddesses in us!
ROBIN QUINLIVAN, creator of ‘Waiting to Fly’, the artwork for Burning Woman, lives in a little mountain town in West Virginia where she runs an art gallery with three friends.
“I like to paint with all manner of colored substances … oil … acrylic … watercolor. However most of the prints here are from oil pastel etchings, which is my latest favorite way to make art. I layer the oil pastels and carve down through them to create an image. It’s a fun and sometimes unpredictable process, during which hands and arms and clothing usually get a bit colorful … and I like that about it too.”
LEAH MARIE DORION, who created the artwork for the cover of The Other Side of the River, is an interdisciplinary Metis artist raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
A teacher, painter, filmmaker and published writer, Leah views her Metis heritage as providing her with a unique bridge for knowledge between all people. Leah holds a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts degree. She has numerous creative projects to her credit, including academic papers for the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples, books for children, gallery showings of her art works, and numerous video documentaries that showcase Metis culture and history.
Leah’s paintings honour the spiritual strength of Aboriginal women and the sacred feminine. Leah believes that women play a key role in passing on vital knowledge for all of humanity which is deeply reflected in her artistic practice. She believes women are the first teachers to the next generation.
SALLY J. SMITH, based in the Adirondack Mountains, NY, USA, created the image used on the cover of Wild & Wise. A professional watercolour artist of over 25 years, in 2007 she began creating environmental art sculptures out in nature.
“My ‘Eartherials’ are a pure celebration of the materials and the environment itself. Spirals are the backbone design form I like to work with and they are created out of everything imaginable: ice, stones, flowers, leaves and water itself on occasion. The process is usually rather mysterious. One enters the creative process the same way one enters a secret glade in the forest – quietly and with reverence. Keeping the lines of communication open between myself and whatever natural forces may be present in the environment allows me to see more deeply into a moment in space and time and endeavor to create a work of art that arises out of this mystery.”
ARNA BAARTZ is an artist, educator and poet who created the artwork featured on the cover of The Heroines Club. She has been finger-painting from the beginning when her father encouraged her by taping paper to the walls of their home and letting her loose with paint. As a result, she is an expressive artist with a belief in non-judgement, often purposely leaving her ‘mistakes’ in an attempt to allow the unfolding to participate in a finished piece.
Most of Arna’s work is an extension of her philosophical nature, bringing her gifts of personal insight and joy. She works in her bush studio everyday, surrounded by weird Australian wildlife, inspired by the connection between things and the glow of the rainforest.
Her photography is focused on the holistic arts and the people who practice them. She dabbles in Chinese calligraphy and makes Wabi-sabi collages. Her work can be seen in many publications including those by Hay House Publishing, Sounds True publications and Spirituality and Health Magazine. Elena is a yoga student and desert soul. She works and lives in Joshua Tree, California with her husband and their two cats.
LUCY H. PEARCE paints the inner world of dreams, archetypes and pure energy, featuring on the cover of Reaching for the Moon.
Symbols emerge which speak the language of the soul – the moon, spirals, trees, cherry blossom, feathers, birds and women’s bodies in all their beauty. Colours and energies shimmer and swirl: there is a sense of flow and meditative movement in her paintings that demands contemplation from the viewer, a shifting to another state of being.
Using a multi-layered intuitive painting technique, she builds up layer upon layer of rainbow colour: her paintings evolve from abstraction to dreamlike imagery.Her recent work incorporates her love of zentangles.