Visual artist Silvia Gallini comes from a strict family in the north of Italy where she was expected to become a dentist and join her father’s practice. Her dad actually told her “dreams are not allowed.” Today she shares with us how she found the courage to defy all that, and the winding path that brought her here to LA where she’s a wildly imaginative image maker and art teacher. She talks about the magic of mentors, and casting off the curse of the words “You can’t” but the real magic of her world view is how she gives herself and others permission to make mistakes.
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Silvia recommends the books: “You Can Heal your Life” by Louise Hay
“The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron.
“The Wounded Woman: Healing the Father-Daughter Relationship” by Rr. Linda S. Leonard
“The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists” by Eleanor Payson