headshotbwbrightercroppedI am a mixed media artist and a narrative coach. I work in both practices and also in the places where they overlap.

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My mission is to build a better “in-between” through art and coaching. Working across both practices, I am particularly interested in what can be created when art and coaching are combined, and how people and organizations can build bridges within and around themselves.

The dynamics that happen in the spaces between ourselves and the different parts of our lives matter. What are we investing there? I think we can create stronger, braver and more life-giving bridges.

I am fascinated by the work of the United Nations. My “in-between” mission reflects and makes personal the United Nations’ second purpose, which involves developing friendly relations among nations.

Born, raised, and educated in southern California, I freelanced graphic design before shifting to the fine arts. My appreciation for good questions and life-changing conversations led me to coaching. Both are creative disciplines. One uses images; the other, words. Through them both, separately and together, I pursue my passion of building a better “in-between”.

The Art

I create art about the “in-between”, using paint, paper, kiln glass, textiles – whatever best communicates the concept. The art is a window to look through, inviting you to reflect on a different perspective. Making the art is my part of opening the conversation. Your response completes the loop.

The Coaching

I offer quiet, attentive space for you to bring your story and have a conversation that matters. You can catch your breath, find your balance, and move forward with clearer intention. We will think together about what is most important to you, and what you want to do about it. I want to hear what you have to say, and will mindfully partner with you so you can move into the next chapter of your story. I’ll help you apply your innate creativity (if you weren’t sure, yes, you have it!) to your life, and will sometimes offer somatic practices and the arts, as they are appropriate and helpful. I coach in accordance with the standards of the International Coach Federation.

I coach most often in the following areas:

  • Creativity
  • Launching your creative project
  • Parenting Wellness for Foster/Adoptive parents
  • Parenting Wellness for Moms

The Overlap

Custom commission art   You and I would sit down for a coaching conversation about what’s most important to you. I’d capture it in art, and then a painting would hang on your wall, gently reminding you of what really matters in your life.

Coaching+Color Workshops   2-3 hour guided workshops for healing and renewal, where you’d learn to use the visual, tactile language of paint and color to express what words cannot. The experience creates room for reflection and release, inviting the internal conversations we all need to have, but don’t always make time for.

(Pause) The Perspectacles Journal   A journal featuring photography of the Perspectacles and questions for your written reflections.

There’s also art that generates thoughtful conversation, art-making as part of the coaching process, art about the coaching process, coaching people about how to see art or how grow in their own creativity, coaching your creative projects to life, and the art of creating a conversation that matters. And probably much more yet to be discovered.

Credentials/Education

Associate Certified Coach (ACC), International Coach Federation
Certified Transformational Coach (CTC), Western Coaching
BFA in Fine Art, specialization in Graphic Design, California State University Long Beach
Professional Development:
Narrative Coaching Training, Center for Narrative Coaching and Design
“Healing Through Art – Training the Trainer”, CSU Institute for Palliative Care Art4Healing training, Laurie Zagon

See Wendy’s art at wendylewtoda.com                  See Wendy’s LinkedIn profile