2017 EH Artists
2016 Empowering Hearts Honoree

Announcing the Courageous 2017 Empowering Hearts Artists

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2016 Empowering Hearts Artist

Yoonhee Aprahamian

Yoonhee Aprahamian holds a BA in Fine Arts, is the mother of 2 children, and teaches middle school art at SCVi.

She has been an artist and an art teacher since 1990. She is not only interested in fine art, but also loves crafting and drumming.

She has been in a Korean traditional percussion group based in Los Angeles for about 9 years, practicing and performing in front of audiences.

2016 Empowering Hearts Artist

Chloe deJong

Chloe Joy deJong has been an artist since childhood. She is the single mother of a 2 year old boy and is currently attending Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design for her bachelor's degree in illustration. Chloe creates art about her relationship with God and the many struggles women face such as: sexism, body image, media depictions of females, bullying, depression and motherhood. Majority of her art is inspired by her own personal experiences and the drive to empower women.

Empowering Hearts Artist

Dawn Grider

Dawn and her husband of 30 years moved to Santa Clarita 13 years ago. Dawn worked as a public High School Art Teacher until 2010. Since then, she has taught privately to all ages and worked at Trinity Classical Academy teaching High School Art. As an artist, sheI loves working in Pen and Ink and watercolor, but also works in acrylic and oil, specializing in depicting nature and symbolic pieces. She also writes short stories and is currently working on an allegorical novel.

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Empowering Hearts Artist

Aazam Irilian

Aazam Irilian is a professional artist who has exhibited her paintings in numerous galleries throughout the Southern California as well as Oregon with her work in various private collections. Founder of heal the heART™ program, she is also an art educator and coach with a Masters degree in Art Education as well as being certified both as a practitioner in Therapeutic Imagery and in Social Emotional Arts (SEA) for Healing.

Aazam has been sharing her passion for the expressive arts with students of all ages and diverse populations for close to thirty years.

Empowering Hearts Artist

Kirby Lanier

As a traditional and abstract painter of 16 years, painting has become the stillness of her thoughts and the voice of her sight. Painting is her diary, her deliberation when she cannot speak. The colors she uses are the spirits of her emotion and the love spewing from her heart. She looks around at all the paintings she has made and sees that she has passion.

The passion that she wants others to see, to make others realize that passion lies within them. Her paintings are merely stories of the painted heart. She paints to let passion live. Painting is the silence of her chatter and the sparkle of her life. Painting reveals her most secret self.

Empowering Hearts Artist

Cecily Willis

Cecily Willis has been a Santa Clarita resident for the past 12 years. She is a realistic watercolor painter who has recently exhibited in the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, where her painting, "Batik Bather," won the silver in the watercolor category. She was a corporate graphic designer for over 40 years before she retired, having worked for both the Los Angeles Times and Farmer's Insurance, among others. Loving and grateful wife, proud mother of two, and grandmother of three.

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Empowering Hearts Artist

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