JoDee Luna is a portrait and mixed media artist who enjoys many forms of creative expression!  She believes the creative process infuses with courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas, so she seeks to share insights with others through her art, book, and creativity website by the same name.

Connect with JoDee around the web:

Creativity Website: https://refrainfromtheidentical.com
Fine Art America Shop: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jodee-luna/shop
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RefrainFromTheIdentical/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoDeeLuna
Book on Amazon

The Back Story

Mom, Me, and Sis GinaRaised with a paintbrush, crochet needle, or sculpting dough in hand, JoDee inherited her creative mind from her Italian mother, who JoDee sees as a master of living comfortably with shifting creative rhythms.

JoDee’s own creative shifts took her to the Netherlands as an early adult, where she worked as a leader with a creative arts urban mission. Her artistic quests led and comforted her through a divorce, a long period of single parenthood, a journey back to school, a career as a teacher, and currently an instructional coach for the Lancaster School District.

During her free time today, you will find JoDee painting, gardening, blogging, dabbling in mixed media, crafting hand-made masks, writing, shooting photos, arranging flowers, dancing, or collaborating with her daughters on any of the above. When she’s not creating, she is most likely sleeping…and dreaming about the next project.

Refrain_front_cover_wo_spinHer book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics, features helpful hints and inspirational reflections for artistic multi-taskers and her creativity website, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com, provides diy projects and inspirational posts.




4 Responses to About

  1. Nice! Greetings from the professor! So how’s it all going?

  2. paywindow7 says:

    Whenever I look at your work a question always pops to mind and it’s this: When you are painting the eyes on a portrait do you feel something? (yeah, I know it’s a dumb question) But there is so much soul in the eyes of your subjects. Soul that brings to mind wisdom, intelligence, experience, pain and survival that I feel something just looking at the it . I love it.

    • JoDee Luna says:


      Your comment is so insightful, cutting to the heart of the matter and aptly describing the source of my subjects’ eyes: “…there is so much soul in the eyes of your subjects. Soul that brings to mind wisdom, intelligence, experience, pain and survival that I feel something just looking at the it.”

      I am a survivor and have gone through heart-wrenching experiences, all of which pour through the eyes of my subjects. Yet beyond my own personal experiences, I seek to reflect a different aspect of the struggle to overcome in each portrait as a means of encouraging others. This link will take you to my story and a website I created to encourage others who are wrestling with similar issues: https://ontatteredwings.wordpress.com/about/. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write such an encouraging comment!

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