Cornelia Maude Spelman is a writer, artist, and former social worker who writes about the importance of emotions and healthy relationships in the lives of children and families. Her “The Way I Feel” series of picture books for young children is about recognizing and managing emotions and forming healthy, happy relationships. Her books also help children cope with difficult situations such as divorce, and help parents educate their children about sexual abuse. Her books have been called “sensitive,” “compassionate,” “gentle,” “reassuring,” and “understanding.” Her memoir, Missing, about her mother's life and death and the emotional legacies in a family has been called "memoir writing at its absolute finest" (Alex Kotlowitz).
You can listen to an interview with Cornelia about the importance of emotional learning: http://albertwhitman.wordpress.com/?s=Cornelia+maude+spelman
Cornelia’s art is about people, animals, ordinary activities and objects, and portraits of faces, both human and animal. Her abstract paintings are imbued with somewhat botanical design. Publisher David Dean of Art Buyer magazine wrote that Cornelia’s “emotions translate into her art and while we all have our favorite artists for varying reasons, I like the combination of heart and art!”
Through My Eyes is Cornelia’s commentary on emotional health, parenting, children and families, popular culture, politics, mental health, violence prevention, child abuse and neglect, grief and loss, family legacies, resources for parents and teachers, and current events.