Improvisational quilt artist, author and workshop facilitator
Martha Jane Petersen's
"Since age six I have written stories, poems and articles. A strong urge to communicate in fine-tuned words has welded me to the craft of writing. In later years, I expressed thoughts and inspiration through sermons, meditations and now my memoir, which narrates my journey into becoming an artist. The book features prints of my art quilts and watercolor paintings."
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"...inspiring and invigorating - a book that confronts stereotypes and misconceptions, [leaving] no doubt that one person can have many divine callings...encourages us to move ahead with excitement and curiosity no matter what our age or our history."
~ Ellen Cavendish Phillips, Artist, Sculptor, Liturgical Artist, Atlanta GA
"...God has entrusted artists with the task of opening our eyes to the beauty of God's creation."
~ Brian J. Mahan, Author of Forgetting Ourselves on Purpose: Vocation and the Ethics of Ambition
"It speaks to me...I see myself as a star...it speaks to me to step out and honor the art deep in me."
~ S. Richards
Every single page has been an inspiration.
~ E. Shaw
A Life Journey through Words
and Art Quilts.
Workshops and Speaking Opportunities
Martha Jane has taught workshops as far north as Pennsylvania, as far west as Texas and throughout the south. However, she no longer travels further than 25 miles from her Black Mountain, NC home.
Eager to kindle a creative flame in others, she continues locally to offer one day retreats and workshops, combining spiritual practices with art making. These are generally included in the Adult Programing for Montreat Conference Center.
Single Day Retreats and/or Workshops such as:
•Praying Visually •Contemplative Seeing •Journaling with Nature •Creating Surface Design
Additionally, she delivers Lectures on topics including:
•Learning to See •A Visual Lectio Divina •Our Creator and Creativity •Improvisational Designing as Play