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As a former foster child, my passion is advocating for and with foster care youth, publicizing the challenges that they face and addressing their developmental and emotional needs through workshops.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Two of My Favorite Artists

Two of my favorite artists incorporate collage and mixed media into their work...

Jonathan Darby is an artist from the UK whose artwork deals with themes of socio-political and humanitarian issues. His work portrays people in a cultural context where innocence and the vulnerable have been impacted by forces of social, economic and political change.

Example of Jonathan Darby's artwork
His focus is on children as he believes they can and will determine the future. The experiences they encounter now may have severe consequences for them and for society as a whole.

Jonathan Darby at work on an art project

French illustrator Stephanie Ledoux is a traveling artist, who began keeping traveling diaries when she was 13 years old. Today, she has more than 60 travel diaries, which she uses as inspiration for larger paintings when she is in her home studio in Toulouse.

Some of Stephanie's work on display
She gets to know local residents by drawing them, and incorporates local newspapers, old school books, locally made paper into her collage portraits.

Example of Stephanie Ledoux's artwork

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