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Teddi Ahrens

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In my mind, in addition to love, the element that adds the most joy and adventure to a person's life is imagination. Using imagination, a person can turn paper, and paste, and scissors into a piece of art. With imagination, a child can create adventures under the dining room table. And at any age, imagination can turn words into a story. When I travel and have real adventures, I still imagine what it would be like to switch places with people, be part of their history, and live in their world. Sometimes, I write about these imaginings.

I love imagining with kids what their clay or pieces of paper can become, I love traveling, and I treasure my experiences in Central America, Ireland, Sweden, Europe, India, Russia, and China. I've even found cousins living in Ireland where my ancestors lived. 

I write down what I have seen and tasted and felt, and sometimes images return that I cannot resist, and they become stories. For example, during my summer weeks in El Salvador, teaching arts and crafts to children, I was awed by the vivid colors of the landscape and the vitality of its people.

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PAINTING JOY

"Painting Joy, the story of Fernando Llort, is a thorough and heartfelt biography of an artist and mentor who inspired artists, art lovers, and his entire country. The narrative offers a story of determination, community, artistic vision, faith, and passion"

- Sarah Aronson, Author of "Just Like Rube Goldberg" -

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"Author Teddi Ahrens paints a portrait of Fernando Llort, the late, celebrated Salvadoran artist with a brush dipped in love and admiration. The many illustrations of his works add an extra layer of enjoyment to the read."

SARA SHER DAVIDSON, AUTHOR OF "UNDER THE SALVADORAN SUN"

"How many artists invoke their disappearing culture? and transform a village by founding a crafts industry? and inspire a nation to adopt their designs as symbols of their ancient heritage? Painting Joy tells the fascinating story of Fernando Llort who did all of this"

ARCHER HEINZEN, CO-CHAIR, CO PARTNERS OF CAMPESINAS

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