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Souther Explores Relationships of Life to Art in New Book

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Souther Explores Relationships of Life to Art in New Book

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Art and Inspiration (scheduled for release September 2013) follows one woman's journey through the creative process, reflected upon as she gradually loses her eyesight to Macular Degeneration. The artist, Souther, who goes by a single name, has combined a memoir of her life with a lavishly illustrated art book. Proceeds from the book are dedicated to research for treatment of Macular Degeneration.

The appeal reaches beyond those who admire wearable art. The stories about where she finds her artistic inspiration also offer insight into her life story. The benign neglect of her childhood spawned a spirited sense of independence as she grew up in Bozeman, Montana; learning to hunt and butcher game from her father and to tend the garden and family farm animals from her mother. At 16, Souther left home and hitchhiked across the country. Years later, she chose a career as an architect, in part because no one thought she could do it.

Souther's book is about more than her art and her inspiration, and it is more than a memoir. Her story involves what she calls "threading the needle blind," plunging ahead as she slowly loses her vision to age-related macular degeneration. Diagnosed in 2001, Souther remains driven by her artistic vision, even as her eyesight fails.

Film, television and Broadway actor, Orson Bean recently praised her book with the following statement: "I'm an actor; what do I know or care about jewelry? But surprise! The photos in this book unexpectedly dazzled me. And when I read about the woman who designed them, I was beguiled even more. Souther is blessed with being able to fly in her dreams: a rare gift from God, which, I'm sure, will continue through her life. Buy this odd and fascinating book!"

For more information, to schedule and interview, or to purchase a copy of "Art & Inspiration," for $35, call Souther at 406-661-3504 or visit the website: