I'm Batya Deene, artist, writer, healer, on a perpetual Journey through life and art.
I've been through many phases of my life, including lots of schooling and two major professions: publishing and psychotherapy. For the latter I specialized in Community Mental Health and also in Creativity Coaching, something I continue to do (click the link for more about that). I have a BA in Creative Writing/English, an MA in Cultural Anthropology, and an MSW and (retired) license in Clinical Social Work.
All that comes together as I adapt design ideas and symbols from around the world as well as from the deep psyche to my own work.
I often joke that Colorforms (before they were packaged in kits) and Snippy scissors (now you know my age!) taught me the elements of good design.
Since the age of 5, possibly a bit before that, I adored creative endeavors. I refused to let my folks buy my Barbie doll dresses: I insisted on sewing them myself (and I'm still doing that!). By the age of 10 I'd completed my first sculpture: a papier mache ballerina posed in arabesque. (I'm still creating sculptures, too.)
My second venture into clay came at age 15 when I sculpted a hand: I can still pose my fingers into the same position! I didn't touch clay again until about four years ago when I joined a local studio and began exploring it seriously. There's so much to try!
Sometime in my 20s a Native American friend told me that my soul was “from the South, the home of mouse, going from place to place, this to that, curious, learning through touch.” Spot on! I love to try new arts, I always have a lot of projects going at once, and dabbling is an art in itself for me!
Because I've always sewn and embroidered, bead-weaving with needle and thread came naturally. I've also learned from some wonderful teachers, magazines, and books.
In addition I'm published writer online and offline; spent 14 years as a songwriter in Nashville, TN; and still love to encourage everyone – young and old – in their own creative pursuits.
That's the Journey Road that brought me here, to share the continuing results of my life with you in the form of wearable and decorative art. I truly hope you enjoy wandering through JourneyRoadArts.com to find something (or more than one “something”) that touches you in your own journey.
--Batya, artist, Journey Road Arts
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