Inspiring the world through loving acts of compassion.

Paths Of Courage was commissioned by Rabbi Philip Posner and other Freedom Riders as a commemorative gift to Oprah Winfrey, for the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides, 1961-2011,

Judith Joseph

Taste of Highland Park banner, commissioned for public display by Downtown Alliance of Highland Park

JUF News illustration for Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Elie Wiesel interview, 1996

lisa rachel cohen | author


Lisa Rachel Cohen is the author of Grace is Born, an illustrated gift book and spiritual guide for “sages of all ages, wearing the face of every race, talking the tongue of everyone”.  Grace is Born is a poetic parable inspiring readers to co-create compassion and become instruments of change.

In June of 2013, Sparkle Press was established to parent Grace is Born and derivative work.

Grace is Born was conceived from Lisa’s spiritual, emotional, and physical healing journey and  invaluable experiences over the course of her 30 year career as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Specialist in schools, hospitals and outpatient medical settings.

Lisa wrote Grace is Born as a tool to promote personal healing through helping others.  She, as well as her patients, continue to experience accelerated healing, as a result of sharing their sacred stories and being of service to others.

Additionally, Lisa is preparing to launch an InSparkle Compassion Facebook Community along with InSparkle Compassion Circles.  The InSparkle Compassion Community will be a hub for “Guardians of Light” to gather and channel universal love. Guardians of Light, featured in Grace is Born are also known as teachers, artists, humanitarians, friends, angels and more. 

As the InSparkle Compassion hostess, Lisa plans to post topic specific threads to direct focus on exchanging life lessons, sharing resources and orchestrating change. The InSparkle Compassion Community will explore and identify community needs, provide and accept support and celebrate stories of compassion.
 
Lisa resides in New Jersey with her husband, daughter and their VIP (Very Important Pooch) where she works as a Private Practitioner. Lisa holds a Masters of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology and a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Hearing and Language Association. 
 

Judith Joseph

JUDITH JOSEPH | ILLUSTRATOR


Judith Joseph, a Chicago-area artist, is the illustrator of Grace is Born.  Judith has a B.S. in Art from UW-Madison. She is a commissioned artist with works in over 450 public and private collections, and exhibits widely. She has taught classes, workshops and residencies at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Botanic Garden, The Art Center, Highland Park and the North Shore Art League. As a painter and calligrapher, she works in egg tempera, watercolor, acrylic and oil. She is a published illustrator and a two-time recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Artists’ Fellowship Award.

In the artist’s own words...

“Much of my work springs from illuminated manuscripts:  decorated, hand-written texts that pre-date the printing press.  I love miniature medieval illustrations with their quirky, often bizarre imagery that ranges from holy inspiration to bawdy violence.

My explorations into ancient materials such as egg tempera, vellum (animal skin parchment) and papyrus has heightened my interest in the peculiarities of paint, and I often mix media, including acrylic, oil, sand and collage.  I am a calligrapher, and creating letterforms rhythmically with pen and brush as well as work in sumi-e (Japanese brush-painting) informs the gestural brush mark in my painting.

My love of letters extends beyond their forms to literary inspiration and narrative content.  Sometimes I think my paintings are children’s book illustrations that have wandered into a grown-up place.”

Judith teaches painting at the Chicago Botanic Garden and The Art Center, Highland Park. Her activities include curating and judging shows and art consulting.


In the artist’s own words...

“Much of my work springs from illuminated manuscripts:  decorated, hand-written texts that pre-date the printing press.  I love miniature medieval illustrations with their quirky, often bizarre imagery that ranges from holy inspiration to bawdy violence.

My explorations into ancient materials such as egg tempera, vellum (animal skin parchment) and papyrus has heightened my interest in the peculiarities of paint, and I often mix media, including acrylic, oil, sand and collage.  I am a calligrapher, and creating letterforms rhythmically with pen and brush as well as work in sumi-e (Japanese brush-painting) informs the gestural brush mark in my painting.

My love of letters extends beyond their forms to literary inspiration and narrative content.  Sometimes I think my paintings are children’s book illustrations that have wandered into a grown-up place.”


http://www.judithjosephstudio.com/