Welcome to Refrain from the Identical…dare to live creatively! A website designed by JoDee Luna to offer inspiration for lovers of creativity
JoDee Luna’s Artist Statement
I am a portrait and mixed media artist. I also enjoy many other forms of creative expression! I believe the creative process infuses us artistic types with courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas, so I seek to share these insights with others through my book, Refrain from the Identical, Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and this website by the same name.
JoDee Luna’s Bio
This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions as evidenced by her various portfolios.
By day, she works as an instructional coach, overseeing educational technologies that accelerate literacy for struggling readers and co-leads district-wide art integration initiatives. JoDee understands how difficult it is to balance a career with the pursuit of her artistic passions, so her book and blog offer tips and inspiration for busy creatives.
The Faces of Goodness is a collection of portraits in which JoDee sought to capture character traits of tenacious women in their pilgrimages of faith. She credits The Messenger as her source of inspiration and hopes her paintings will grace others with the encouragement God has provided for her. She creates her portraits through photographs of people she knows or uses Photoshop to design digital models from a variety of faces.
Each of her Mask Acrylic Portraits has an inspirational message as well:
JoDee’s creative journey traces back to childhood. Raised with a paintbrush, crochet needle, or sculpting dough in hand, she inherited her creative temperament from her Italian mother, who she sees as a master of living comfortably with shifting creative rhythms.
Her own creative shifts took her to the Netherlands as an early adult, where she worked as a leader with a creative arts urban mission. Her artistic quests led and comforted her through a divorce, a long period of single parenthood, a journey back to school, and a career in education.
During her free time today, when she’s not painting portraits, you will find her gardening, blogging, dabbling in mixed media, crafting hand-made masks, writing, shooting photos, arranging flowers, dancing, or collaborating with her daughters on any of the above. When she’s not creating, she’s most likely sleeping…and dreaming about the next project.