Ann’s understanding of grief grew out of her own experiences with it. She believes delving into sadness is an effective way to relieve some of the more oppressive aspects of grief. Expressing grief creatively is key to working through and unleashing the buried treasures of melancholia.
Ann is currently at work on her second grief related book, a fictionalized memoir about growing up as her mother was dying of cancer in the 1970’s. In the story, Ann portrays the tension that arises between a mother facing death and her difficult adolescent daughter to highlight the challenges of communicating with kids about illness and death.
Ann is trained as a visual artist, musician and healer. She holds an MFA from Cal Arts in Music and Art and has exhibited her work in museums and galleries across the country including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Weatherspoon Museum in North Carolina, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Her drawings have been published in catalogs and art books, and used for book illustrations, cover art, and textile design.
For the past ten years, Ann has worked extensively with internationally renowned healer and author David Elliott and is certified in his breath work training. In her healing practice she sees individuals and holds monthly group meditation sessions.