We’ve got our speaker for the September 2020 Janis Black Warner Speaker Series, set for Wednesday, September 9 at 7 pm: Miriam Feldman, a NAMI member and author. We published a blog post by Miriam recently, “Locked and Loaded: How Having a Son with Schizophrenia Prepared Me for a Global Pandemic.”
Feldman is a painter, writer, and mother originally from Los Angeles, California. After her son Nick’s diagnosis with schizophrenia more than ten years ago, she began writing to document and explore the ways this new reality affected her relationship with her children, her husband, and herself. Her memoir, “He Came in With It,” explores issues of motherhood, mental illness and the politics of our mental health system.
She is also the founder and owner of Demar Feldman Studios, Inc., a specialty painting company that focuses on architectural finishes, murals, and decorative art for residential and commercial locations in Southern California and abroad. She holds an MFA in fine art from Otis College of Art and Design. Her paintings are in collections across the United States. She is represented by Hamilton Galleries in Santa Monica, Ca.
Most recently, she joined Bring Change 2 Mind, Glenn Close’s organization to fight discrimination and educate around mental illness. She is on the Advisory Council and has a monthly blog on the website. She is a frequent guest on mental health podcasts.
Miriam now resides on a farm in rural Washington State with her husband, Craig. Nick lives in the small town nearby. She splits her time between the farm and Los Angeles, painting, writing, and staying active in the mental health community.