I’ve been sooo anticipating the arrival of Drawn Together: Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges with Art, a book co-written by Roar & Katarina (Kat) Thorsen…and my copy arrived yesterday!
Drawn Together is Kat and Roar’s touching story about their relationship as daughter and father and how the power of art and the creative process can provide meaning, affirmation, and connection in the face of life changing illness and loss.
I’ve followed Kat’s journey with her father’s stroke, cancer reoccurance, caregiving, and his art making moments through her blog, Instagram photos, and status updates on social media with much admiration. Before her father’s death, it was very moving to see Kat be so open and expressive about managing her father’s declining health and to embed the creative process throughout their journey to help Roar continue connection, create a legacy, and celebrate life & their relationship as father and daughter. Drawing, filmmaking, journaling, photo documentation, and the collaboration for creating their book were all creative ways memories, experiences, and emotions were embraced and continue to live on in the here and now.
Yesterday as I opened the pages of Drawn Together and held their journal pages, I could feel Roar and Katarina’s love in my hands, as well as the essential role and life line art served in their relationship and journey. A very beautiful legacy…. on so many levels.
As quoted by Kat, “Drawn Together is a call to action to collect stories and to create a legacy. Don’t wait for the ultimate moment, for that moment is here NOW and it is fleeting“. Agreed. Thanks to Roar & Kat for sharing their story with us.
You can learn more about Drawn Together, here.