Deborah Perdue, author
Deborah has been a licensed practitioner for the Centers for Spiritual Living since 2006. She teaches classes and workshops on the topics of gratitude, abundance and how to live a life of joy. She writes spiritual articles on gratitude, published online and also in the Ashland Daily Tidings. She was first introduced to the practice of gratitude on a daily basis at the Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley. It is her intention that the Grace of Gratitude Journal will be a blessing to others who wish to uplift their consciousness by practicing gratitude.
In 1994, Deborah received two Bachelor Degrees (Cum Laude) from Sonoma State University, in English (emphasis: creative writing) and Studio Art (emphasis: photography).
Her graphic design business, Illumination Graphics, is a rewarding and prospering business. An accomplished graphic designer with over 20 years of experience, she chooses to specialize in the design of spiritual book covers.
Living in the country in Oregon, her home office overlooks acres of green meadow that roll into a tree-lined horizon, dwarfed by a majestic mountainside, Deborah is grateful. As it has been for many years, daily gratitude is an essential part of her spiritual path.
Tara Thelen, illustrator
Tara Thelen is an American artist living near Amsterdam. The inspiration for her work is emotion in all its various forms. As an artist, Tara’s drive is to create art that elicits strong, positive emotions – art that leaves an impression and truly touches those who view it.
She teaches art lessons to children and teens at Museum Kranenburgh in the beautiful village of Bergen, near the North Sea, where she lives with her husband Paul and their two teenage boys.
Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout the US, Europe, and the Pacific.
For the past six years, Tara has been working closely with Deborah Perdue on various projects, mostly book covers, as well as CD cover designs, posters, and other promotional works. Her artwork in the Journal is integral to the beauty of it!