About

Hi, I’m JoDee Luna, an artist, author, and owner of JoDee Luna Art and Luna Arts & Ed, LLC.

I teach you how to overcome creative blocks and realize your full artistic potential.

We artistic types need to create to feel alive. I’m convinced the good Lord made us this way. It’s how we process our thoughts and feelings, make sense out of life, and pass on God’s grace to others.

My hope is that you will find the resources you need to discover and develop your artistic identity as you explore my website.

If you want more of what you see, connect with me around the web: https://linktr.ee/jodeeluna

Newsletter

You can also sign up for my newsletter to receive free resources to help you along your creative journey.

Book for Creatives

I understand how difficult it is to balance a career with the pursuit of artistic passions, so I wrote a book, Refrain from the Identical: Insights and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics, to offer tips and inspiration for busy creatives.

Bio

My expertise as an educator melds with my passion and experience as an artist to make learning fun and creating art easy.   I have a knack for inspiring and teaching people of all ages to create! 

My business, Luna Arts & Ed, helps clients capture and communicate their message to inform and captivate consumers. Luna Arts & Ed delivers outstanding results across 3 key areas: professional development, whiteboard animation, and Multi-Media Arts/Graphic Design.

Artist’s Statement

Art is the soul made visible…the spirit tangible…the unseen possible! When I write, my soul escapes through a pen; but when I paint, imagination finds gentle expression through the tip of a brush. 

Eyes draw the viewer into my paintings because they are the windows of the soul. A face reflects a person’s essence, so each portrait envisions various aspects of faith, traits, places, and aspirations. Painting portraits releases God’s grace to help me move forward while extending inspiration to others.

Process:

Inspiration for a painting often comes with images I see in my mind. Then I look through my personal photography for fitting background photos. Sometimes the process reverses with a photo shoot resulting in an idea for a mixed media portrait.

Models are often people I know or faces I create with Photoshop.  I use Golden gel medium to fix the photos onto the canvas for my mixed media portraits. Next, I sketch the image over the background and then paint with acrylics. I use Pigma Micron pens for inking.

The Back Story

Mom, Me, and Sis Gina

Raised with a paintbrush, crochet needle, or sculpting dough in hand, I inherited my creative mind from my Italian mother, who I see as a master of living comfortably with shifting creative rhythms. 

My own creative shifts took me to the Netherlands as an early adult, where I worked as a leader with a creative arts urban mission. My artistic quests led and comforted my through a divorce, a long period of single parenthood, a journey back to school, a career as a teacher, and instructional coach for the Lancaster School District, overseeing technology-based literacy programs and arts integration.

Currently, I’m enjoying retirement from public education as I pursue a wide variety of creative endeavors.

During my free time today, you will find me painting, gardening, blogging, dabbling in mixed media, crafting hand-made masks, writing, shooting photos, arranging flowers, dancing, or collaborating with my husband, daughters, and grandchildren on any of the above. When I’m not creating, I’m most likely sleeping…and dreaming about the next project.

11 Replies to “About”

  1. Hi Jodee!

    Just saw your sweet message on my Mom’s blog:)
    Jodeesinc.

    So nice to meet you~~God Bless you for teaching Junior High!

    You have beautiful family:)

    Happy Blogging~~

    Smiles,
    Kay Ellen

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  2. You have a beautiful family! What a blessing. It is great to meet you 🙂 Fully enjoyed looking through you photos – how much a photo can tell.

    Rachel

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  3. Hi Sissy, I’ve reading your blog, but wasn’t sure how to comment. I love the article about Monique and Josiah, and all the pictures. Can I print those pics from here by downdoading them? Also, the masks are awesome! I’d love to make one next time the girls are visiting.
    Sissy

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    1. Hi Craig, if you’re logged into your WordPress dashboard, select the notification bell in the top right corner. Your recent followers and commenters should come up. Select my blog and a follow button should appear. On the WordPress phone app, the bell for notifications is in the bottom right corner. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a message!

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