Joan Drescher

artist, author, illustator

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My life’s work as an artist has been to bring beauty into dark places, and to explore how art helps heal mind, body and spirit. I experience daily how color and images arouse the senses, opening us to a place deeper than words.

Seeing the need to humanize healthcare environments led me to take a leap into creating large murals for children’s hospitals. As Artist in Residence at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children for 13 years, I experienced daily how color and images can help patients to communicate. I noticed that children often had no way to express their feelings, so I created The Moon Balloon, A Journey of Hope and Discovery for Children and Families, an interactive book that uses art to open the door to conversation.

Currently, I am moving back into fine arts, exploring my long-time love of printmaking and collage. Fascinated with the process of tearing patterned and hand-colored paper, I let collage speak to me. I am drawn to using texture combined with inspired color to create monotype prints. My interaction with the materials, and the senses they awaken, are like a conversation that leads to creating the final image.

For me, creating art invokes magic, both in the creator and in those who receive it. The synergy between artist and viewer can make the invisible visible.

My art can be seen in galleries, local art centers and at my studio.

Joan Drescher
Artist, Author, Illustrator
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Joan Drescher  •  23 Cedar Street   •   Hingham MA 02043   •   781–749–5179