Rebecca Shapiro – Putting Words To Your Art

In this episode of The Verbal To Visual Podcast I chat with artist Rebecca Shapiro about her involvement in the Artist in Residency program at TEDxConcordiaUPortland, her background as an artist, her interest in sketchnoting, and her work to build support and community among the freelancing community both locally in Portland, Oregon as well as on the national level.

Notes & Links

Rebecca and I met at the TEDxConcordiaUPortland 2013 event.

Here is Rebecca’s talk at that that event.

Details on the The Artist in Residence program at TEDxConcordiaUPortland (including an application to be the 2015 Artist in Residence).

Rebecca’s installation from TEDxConcordiaUPortland made it to the PDX Airport.

“To put words to your visual work is so important.”

Advice Rebecca gleaned from mentor Ted Katz:

“Just do the work. Do not worry about anything else. You just need to do the work. That’s how you develop the relationship between you and your art.”

Katz’ book The Studio Within had a big influence on Rebecca’s relationship to her art.

We reference Pioneer Nation a few times – a great conference for independent entrepreneurs.

Rebecca enjoyed reading Sunni Brown’s The Doodle Revolution.

We talk a bit about my sketchnoted tribute to TEDxConcordiaUPortland 2013.

Sunni Brown’s TED Talk – watch it if you haven’t already.

Rebecca helped inspire Visual Vocabulary Month here at Verbal To Visual!

Resources to help you build your visual vocabulary:

Rebecca and I attended Mary Kate McDevitt‘s workshop in Portland to launch her book Hand-Lettering Ledger.

Here is McDevitt’s popular course on Skillshare.

Rebecca is the Portland organizer for the Freelancer’s Union.

Turns out the U.S. National Park Service has Artist-in-Residence programs too – check ’em out!

Speaking of parks, here’s the On Being show I mentioned about quiet places.

Where you can find Rebecca:


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