5:00 – 5:30 pm
Category: Art

BioRhythm Drawings: The Cultivation of Expressive Line with Inspirations from Ranice Crosby and Dr. Betty Edwards

A singular yet formative interaction with Ranice Crosby in 2006 inspired Sarah Faris to begin a meditative drawing practice in the sketchbook, which later evolved into an intensive fine art practice. Dr. Betty Edwards’ classic book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” (1979) gives us insight into the non-verbal processing and expression offered in the right hemisphere, presenting readers with a form of permission to engage with intuitive methods of image building.

Session Takeaways:
1. Story time: passing on wisdom from Ranice Crosby.
2. An introduction to basic premises of Dr. Betty Edwards’ book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” (1979)
3. Sharing of 3-5 works of fine art from Sarah Faris that demonstrate primary principles of exploring expressive line and intuitive image building.


Sarah Faris

Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Sarah Faris is a board-Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI) in Richmond, Virginia and Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Inspired by the power of evidence-based information and stories, Sarah investigates both humanity and the natural world through the creation of images and visual narratives that contribute to collaboration, research and education in science and medicine for the sake of all peoples. In her fine art practice, Sarah invites viewers to engage with expressive line and pareidolic movement in the Biorhythm Series, a collection of works on paper.