Juliana Coles

Juliana Coles, award winning artist, Creative Expression teacher and notable Extreme Journalist, received her BFA from the Academy of Art College, San Francisco with a minor in English and Dance. Coles has studied at SMU in Dallas, Columbia College in Chicago, The American Academy of Art in Chicago, and California’s New College. She has studied with well known Illustrator Barron Storey who encouraged her Mixed Media Journals, and muralist Juana Alicia Montoya whose passion as an artist and activist convinced Coles to define her own style of Contemporary Expressionism.

Coles received the Wildine Fund grant for Artists for her Expressive Visual Journals Workshop at ArtStreet, an Art Center for the homeless, in 2000 and is 2002’s recipient of the Madonna Fund for Artists.

Coles, based on her expression as an artist, developed Extreme Journaling as a workshop in 1992 for the Epilepsy Society of San Francisco, and has taught and refined her unique creative process that combines journal writing assignments with art making explorations in the safe container of a book for twelve years. Her Visual Journals are featured in Making Journals By Hand, by Jason Thompson, and appear in Lynne Perrella’s Artist Sketchbooks and Journals, Somerset Studio’s 2002 Engagement Calendar, and will appear in an upcoming book by Lark Publishing on Altered Art, as well as Jan Smiley’s The Art of Fabric Books. Juliana has been keeping journals since she was eleven and has been creating Visual Journals since she was fourteen.