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Compassion is for the courageous and fierce.

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Theresa calls her latest talk Deliberate Compassion. She shares the portrait stories that challenged her to act by bearing witness with portraits and signs in Washington DC for 5 months.  After months of standing in front of the US Supreme Court and Capitol buildings, she had a eureka moment. She understood that compassion is for the courageous and fierce. And those willing to persist discover that practicing compassion takes us to our own epiphanies and personal peace. 

Your creativity and passion open pathways for important conversations without instantly polarizing folks. And the world sorely needs that right now.

Rev. Dr. Nancy Burton Dilliplane

She was amazing. Really powerful talk and gripping portraits. If you have a chance to hear her or see her art…go! Well worth your time.

Bonnie H., attendee

How would we respond to social issues if we actually met people living through them? Theresa’s portrait stories bring us closer to the real lives impacted by controversial issues and policies.  Art As Social Inquiry combines art and advocacy as a way to engage audiences. She has taken Art As Social Inquiry’s portraits to conferences, churches, schools, and other venues. Her work has appeared in many newspaper articles, TV programs, and journals and most recently, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your time, talent and passion and thank you for sharing them with Trinity. Everyone is still talking about how you gave health care a human face and story.  So powerful. Blessings on all you are about.”

   The Rev. Dr. Nancy Burton Dilliplane, Trinity Episcopal Church, Buckingham, PA


Such an inspiration. I was in this class today. Thanks for coming!                                                Bonnie S. student, Rutgers School of Social Work

You come well endorsed!

                                   Cheryl O.A., Buxmont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship


Over the years, I’ve seen Theresa present her paintings, and talk about the lives they portray, and each time, they become more real to me. There is this deep emotional connection that Theresa makes with each person, and it becomes incarnate through her telling. Theresa’s men and women are living, breathing embodiments of healthcare, personifying all the issues that drive the movement. It is in some part her paintings, each one looking me in the eye, into my soul, and asking me to know them, but a large part is feeling Theresa’s love and passion. She didn’t just paint pictures, she knew each person and, I think, they knew her. She shares not just her art, but her own pain and grief and laughter and happiness, and you can’t help but feel that.  She doesn’t just see and express the world, she lives it. And recognizes it, and then, lovingly, teaches us.

                                                                                            Beth T. Activist, Bucks County, PA

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