Katherine Relf-Canas

Katherine Relf-Canas splits her time between freelance writing, teaching and editorial projects while volunteering for PSE, an NGO that runs a school in Cambodia that serves and supports children and families in poverty, taking them from destitution to a vocation. She also works and volunteers with Kids & Art, a nonprofit that provides art workshops and other support for families facing pediatric cancer. She has written for blogs and contributed to print magazines since 1996. She has been writing about the healing power of art for this site since 2012, and dedicated the project to her mother, Connie Relf, who worked as an artist and died in 2010.


The Bitter Taste of Grief: Art and Healing, 10 Oct 2017

Ode to an Urn Maker: Commemorative Urns of Eliza Thomas, 18 Jul 2016

A Daughter Remembers Her Father’s Creative Legacy, 09 May 2016

Healing through Expressive Arts: A Conversation with Patricia Rojas-Zambrano, 24 Apr 2015

Life Coach Empowers Clients Through Story and Craft, 25 Jan 2015

Heart-Shaped Door: A Story of Kids and Art, 04 Jan 2015

Artist who Lost Mother Collaborates with Family Writings, 27 May 2014

Man Who Lost Parents As a Child Speaks Through Art, 06 Sep 2013

LifeLines: Using Art to Heal Grief, 15 Mar 2013

Five Artist Perspectives on the Numinous Quality of Portraiture, 11 Sep 2012

Italian Foundation Brings Nature Art into Hospital Rooms, 22 Jul 2012

The Missing Koi, 22 Mar 2012