Becca Neumann is a mother, an artist, a registered art therapist ATR, and counselor LCPC-C, from Western Massachusetts. Her inspirations come through the lens of her daughter and son, as well as the beauty she finds in the mundane. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Becca lived in New Orleans and used the arts to nurture the spirits of pre-K-through-adolescent aged inner-city youth in school and hospital settings. She moved on to receive her Masters of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999.
While in Chicago, Becca again worked with at-risk youth and their families in school, hospital and community settings, as well as helped launch two arts-based therapeutic and educational programs. Becca moved to Maine to slow down the pace, to be closer to the earth, and to connect with a like-minded community. Her photographs, lithographs, paintings, drawings, jewelry and fiber art have been exhibited in Amherst, MA, New Orleans, LA, Chicago, IL and Portland, ME.
David Mahany grew up in “Chicagoland” among the vast sprawl along Lake Michigan. After dropping out of art school he took a degree in Classical Languages and Literatures (Northwestern University). Following an itinerant path he variously managed a library-consulting firm, worked at the Chicago Board of Trade, did lots of catering & food service, lived off the grid in the Florida panhandle then headed west to the Hootenanny Holler outside of Prescott, Arizona.
Moving back to the “Stormy, husky, brawling/City of the big shoulders” he served one more term in humanitarian finance (turned out to be an oxymoron) but also became acquainted with the ideas of permaculture and resilience. Since moving to Maine in 2006, he has built furniture, worked as gardener and caretaker for an estate and apple orchard on Prouts Neck, and is currently gardening and building out on Chebeague Island plus doing his own commissions.
David and Becca live in South Portland, Maine and have two young children. They are rehabbing a farmhouse built in 1830, and reinvigorating one-half acre of land from the original farmstead.
this makes me cry. or did i already say that?? sooo proud of who you are, the both of you. and what’s above is only the tip of your magnificent iceberg. xoxox
Hi I just discovered all of this and am thrilled at what you are doing.Keep it coming.
Iceberg, indeed. What lies below is often bigger, deeper than what one sees at the surface.
That’s all of you….
Dear Miss Becca,
I’m so delighted to have finally found you and Dave, and to learn about your new life, and your baby girl.
I think of you often. You keep inspiring.