With pencil, crayon, or paint brush in hand, Jill Badonsky, M.Ed.—artist of life—serendipitously expresses emotions of desired dreams, strength, wit and whimsy. Jill is the creator of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training. She is also an artist, author, inspirational keynote speaker, dazzling improvisational actress, humorist, performance poet, comedienne, and a creativity coach who thinks she can dance. She is a doodler, a lover of cats, the great outdoors and a great cup of coffee. She likes to wear berets, is an excellent confidante, loves to walk and hike and is an introspective thinker.
Jill’s background in camp counseling, master’s degree in education and occupational therapy, coupled with her writing talents and ever inquisitive mind keep her life very full.
Often booked as a popular workshop leader, her energy is always contagious. She likes to dare others to be creative and utilize small sparks of creative genius in their everyday lives. Jill also leads her own retreats and conducts weekly call-in art and self-expression creative classes.
The painting on our cover, Lady Wearing Christmas, was inspired by the work of Carol Hannah. It represents how seeing something, and thinking differently about it, can embellish the season with unexpected wonder. Watercolors combine with ink in simple yet elegant strokes of Christmas tree fashion and design. How is this art therapy for Jill? “Number one: It makes me smile to create something that will bring others joy and number two: I love to get lost in the moment.”
Other art forms seen on the left and right represent Jill’s knack of combining collage, art journaling and free style art. She puts no limit on what elements she’ll use including: flowers; teapots; clouds; clotheslines; and graphic design. Jill creates a desk top calendar each year available for purchase at her website, along with posters such as “The Creativity Alphabet” and her three books: The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a bodyguard) – 10 Guides to Creative Inspiration for Artists, Poets, Lovers and other Mortals Wanting to Live a Dazzling Existence; The Awe-manac- A Daily Dose of Wonder; and The Muse is In: An Owner’s Manual to Your Creativity.
One of her favorite sayings in guiding others towards self-expression in the arts is: “So what, I’ll do it anyway.” In providing lifestyle advice, as a confessed line neglector, Jill said, “If coloring outside the lines concerns you…just label it a new style (such as “line neglect”) or…simply move the lines. But don’t stop coloring.”