Meet Danica

Danica Thurber

Artist, Therapeutic Art Life Coach, Author

Danica Thurber is a professional artist, art teacher, art ministry director, and therapeutic art life coach. She works in acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, colored pencils - just about anything that fits her mood or inspiration.

 

Danica uses the arts as a "visual diary" for connecting with her emotions and with her faith. She also uses art as a means of relaxation, and as a way to help care for others and connect with her community at large.

2001-2009 Attended Vancouver School of Arts & Academics

2013 Published undergraduate thesis in Arts & Humanities

2016 Professional Artist

2018 Certified Therapeutic Art Life Coach

2020 Published first children's book

When life takes us beyond words, we can go beyond words to heal.

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Life is messy. It's full of loss, grief, healing,

and (for me) learning to express it all through art.

Creative

Life Coach

 

When I was twelve years old, my dad passed away of a sudden heart attack. 

 

I lost 2 more family members shortly afterward. Numb and depressed, I struggled to understand and express my grief for many years afterward, and art was sometimes my only outlet for grief.

I graduated from Washington State University in 2013 with a thesis on "Cultural Expressions of Grief Through Art", which was published in an online journal that same year. Since then, I have spoken at multiple conferences nationwide and led grief art workshops throughout the Northwest.

 

I am now a practicing artist and certified Therapeutic Art Life Coach. I am also the director of a growing arts ministry at a local church here in Idaho.

My online school called "Project Grief" was created in 2018 with the help of my amazing husband and entrepreneurial brother. It was a collection of pre-recorded therapeutic art courses aimed at helping individuals recovering from the loss of a loved one. 

 

Project Grief was the resource I wish I had many years ago. The courses I taught were filled with growing-grievers who are learning about themselves and bravely expressing their thoughts and feelings.

But something was missing from my courses...

The COVID-19 pandemic plunged many who were already struggling with mental health and motivation into a deeper form of isolation and purposeless. 

 

Late in fall 2020, I decided to make the jump to LIVE coaching and teaching only, using virtual platforms where, no matter the distance, we could meet regularly, face-to-face. I also wanted to expand my content to reach not just grievers, but also those coping with depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.

Already, it's been such a rewarding experience!

 

The majority of my coachees and my art students don't start out calling themselves "artists"; in fact many of them start at the level of stick-figures!

 

But over the course of their time with me, many have discovered a new love and passion for creating and expressing themselves through art.

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."

- Georgia O'Keeffe, artist

 

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