315: From Painting to Memoir, a Visual Artist’s Journey Into Writing — Interview with Miriam Feldman


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Hey there word nerds!

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Miriam Feldman.

Miriam is a painter, writer, and mother originally from Los Angeles, California. After her son, Nick's, diagnosis with Schizophrenia more than ten years ago, she began writing to document and explore the ways this new reality affected her relationship with her children, her husband, and herself. Her blog, https://www.miriam-feldman.com, explores issues of motherhood, mental illness and the politics of our mental health system.

She is also the founder and owner of Demar Feldman Studios, Inc., a specialty painting company that focuses on architectural finishes, murals, and decorative art for residential and commercial locations in Southern California and abroad. Clients include Samuel L. Jackson & LaTanya Richardson Jackson , Wolfgang Puck, Patricia Heaton & David Hunt, Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams, Jay & Mavis Leno and many more. She has run the company for 30 years.

Miriam holds an MFA in fine art from Otis College of Art and Design. Her paintings are in collections across the United States.

Today we’re discussing her memoir He Came In With It, in which she chronicles her experiences as she came to grips with her son’s mental illness.

In this episode Miriam and I discuss:
  • How she chose what stayed in her memoir and what got cut
  • What her family said about the content of her memoirs
  • Her experience switching mediums from painting to writing
Plus, their #1 tip for writers.

For more info and show notes: diymfa.com/315

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