Dianne Tennyson Vincent, MAT, ATR (Registered Art Therapist) has degrees in nursing, art and a masters in art education along with 30 graduate hours of art therapy required by the American Art Therapy Association. Reared in Charleston, she has had fourteen years of experience as an art therapist and has a private practice in Mount Pleasant. She has served twice as an art therapist both in Bosnia and Haiti with the Art Reach Foundation training teachers how to use art therapy to heal from trauma. She is a certified art teacher with her own art school, Art Connects, and is a working professional artist. She sees the insight and growth gained through the creative process as necessary for healthy individuation. She encourages a holistic approach for emotional, physical, and spiritual healing.
Laura De La Maza, an artist and art educator since 1976, expresses art through teaching, art mking, and creating visual stories. Influenced by the Caribbean color and landscape where she grew up, De La Maza expresses life’s journey through mandalas, mixed media, and symbol. The spiritual connection expressed in her images defines her art, teaching, and personal work. De La Maza teaches high school art in the Lowcountry and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Many of her former students are now professional artists and art educators deeply influenced by the positive impact of her mentoring.