Shot Awake: A Painter's Memoir: This memoir is not your traditional story-told-in-words, although there are excerpts that recount a midnight shooting and the dreams that foretold it, as well as interviews that introduce me in depth, as a painter, poet and psychotherapist, and explore my recovery. Nor is this memoir your average book of paintings, although there are over sixty paintings, prints, and cartoons to peruse. The paintings, like the memoir passages, aim to rivet the attention; they are mostly portraits, the kind that do not just represent but bring the viewer into the living presence of a soul. With luck, they are portraits that have a family resemblance with those by Rembrandt or Van Gogh.
I paint in that tradition, bringing psychological and spiritual insights to my readings of those around me-- from intimates to café denizens.
"Judy Schavrien's extraordinary memoir combines images and words to capture the brave evolution of her richly creative life. Hers is a journey that reveals the power of art to transcend suffering and elevate the soul. You will be moved and mesmerized and swept along by her unquenchable passion for life." --Joseph McBride, author of *The Broken Places: A Memoir" and the biography *Steven Spielberg: A Biography.*
To read more about Schavrien's book, go to: : https://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/ari/issue/view/1881