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  • Kris Newlin

A Little About Me

I used to tell people at parties I was a professional juggler. I've been a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Board-Certified Art Therapist for 22 years. In that time, I've worked in an alternative school, a shelter for women who had been sex trafficked, an eating disorder hospital, outpatient center, private practice, and a school for homeless children. 15 of those years, I've spent teaching art therapy and creative therapies courses at The University of Oklahoma.

I've also continued to be a mixed media artist. I took some time a few years back and wrote and illustrated a couple of children's books. I'm always adding new art forms to my skillset, most recently I've taken found objects and whimsically welded them together. Add in wife, mother, and homeschool teacher to the mix. Then build in my newest gig of opening up a small studio to teach creativity classes, professional workshops, and therapeutic art life coaching sessions. That's why I just started to say professional juggler because I was struggling to find time to work all that into a conversation, let alone make the time to do all of that stuff! I needed to simplify. All of these things were good things but we know too much of a good thing has you telling people you just met that you are a professional juggler. When people wanted to book me at their next party, things got awkward and I knew it was time for a change.

I began trying to sort through this overly full life. It was good stuff but it was too much stuff. I felt a tug at my heart to enter into a simpler space that more closely resembled why I had started down this path of art therapy. I asked myself what would rekindle my passion? It was a slow soul answer that had to push past fear and resistance and stubborn pride. Art and stories. That's the magical crossroads. I want to hear your story as told through your creative journey. I want to know where you've been, where you're at and where you want to go. My small studio setting allows for this kind of intimate shared creativity community. However, I never wanted to be limited to those four walls so I've been expanding my reach through technology so that no matter where I am or where you are, we can connect and create together. I'd love to see and hear the art from your heart.

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