Welcome. My intention for this site is to provide a view into my creative work. In some ways the psychological and creative cannot be separated. On the the other hand, each is its own domain of expression and deserves its own venue.

A brief word about some of my photography: I’m not a photographer, so I just do my best to document my work before it goes out into the world. My apologies to whomever’s aesthetic sensibilities my lack of photographic excellence may bristle. Indeed, it bristles my own.

The site also grew out of a need to post my artist resume someplace. The online services just do not give enough subsections. I don’t fit into their format. If you want more information on my clinical work, please visit my web site. For more info on my recent clinical activities, teaching experience and clinical training, please see my linked in profile. Thanks for stopping by.


Barb Turner

Visual Arts, Writing, Mythology, Psychology

Graduate Education:


Ph.D. Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Depth Psychology

  • Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California
  • My dissertation “The Mirror of Dionysus: Fragmentation, Linking, and Container-Contained in Healing Psychological Trauma” was an archetypal-hermeneutic study exploring trauma, primitive mental states, and the development of mind from psychoanalytic, post-Jungian, and mythic perspectives. A major theme in this work considers the quality of vessels as a metaphor for mind, reflected in the vessel and void series of paintings.


Master of Arts: Mythological Studies with emphasis in Depth Psychology

  • Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California
  • This degree explores world religious and mythic traditions, psychology, philosophy, contemporary culture, and the making of meaning in individual and collective contexts from a depth psychological perspective.

Current Clinical Work:

Since 2008

Psychotherapist – Private Practice, Seattle, WA

  • Provide psychodynamic psychotherapy and counseling. Areas of focus include trauma recovery, mood disorders, relational issues, grief and loss, and life transitions. Full Clinical CV available on request.

Current Creative Work:

6/2013 – 11/2014

Developer, Writer – Final Element Games, Baguio City, Philippines

  • Co-developer for the game Decimation. Decimation is a post-apocalyptic strategy game that combines elements of Real Time Strategy, 4X and RPGs to provide an immersive experience satisfying to both hard-core and casual gamers. Storyline, character and location development.

Past Project Development and Production Work: 


Reuse Resources: Seattle, WA

  • Organizational consulting and systems development for non-profit organization providing classroom activities that meet state educational standards in math and science using recycled and re-sourced materials.


Covenant House: Oakland California

  • Lantern building workshop with young adults for multicultural winter festival.


“The Popal Vuh.” Texas Woman’s College: Denton, Texas

  • Mythological Consultant to Director for script development and amplification of images for theater.


“Raven and the Moon.” Cry of the Rooster Theater: Seattle, WA

  • Concept and grant development for theater piece with illuminated sculpture. Funded: Seattle Arts Commission.


Bumbershoot Arts Festival: Seattle, WA

  • Contract negotiation, project development and implementation. Installation of illuminated sculpture garden and four days of multigenerational public lantern building workshops at community arts festival.


Judkins Park Labor Mural: Seattle, WA

  • Project design, grant development. Curriculum development. Oral history research in local labor history with middle school students. Coordination of volunteers, design, transfer and painting. Mentoring of emerging muralists. Funded by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods with support from the AFL-CIO.


Kirkland Arts Center: Kirkland, WA

  • Multigenerational giant puppet building workshops for community arts festival with parade.


Lake Burien Presbyterian Church: Burien, WA

  • Multigenerational giant puppet and mask making workshops for participation in local parade.


US Public Art Tour, Taiwan National Government. Seattle, WA

  • Seattle liaison for 17 Taiwanese national dignitaries during US tour, exploring funding models, project design, and theoretical approaches to public art as a method for community building.

Cry of the Rooster Theater: Seattle, WA

  • “The Road from Tiananmen.” Project development, script development, giant puppet/prop design, sponsorship of Artist in Residence from China. Performed at In The Streets Street Theater Festival, San Francisco, and Arts Edge, Seattle.

Procession of the Species: Olympia, WA

  • Multigenerational giant puppet workshops for community parade honoring ecological diversity.


El Rey Residential Treatment Program: Seattle, WA

  • Coordinating Artist – Mural project designed with mentally ill adults.

Rainier Valley Heritage Festival & Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce: Seattle, WA

  • Children’s workshops in celebration art, culminating in a parade and performance.

Tu-Chen Provincial Government: Tu-Chen, Taiwan

  • Full day workshop on community building through the arts, funding and organizational models, and project ideas. Participants included government officials, administrators, and social workers.

Hsin-Kang International Community Children’s Art Festival: Hsin-Kang, Taiwan

  • Workshops using recycled materials to create objects of celebration, with daily parades and performances.

Empty Space Theater and B.F. Day Elementary: Seattle, WA

  • Children’s workshops in set design, masks and prop making for student performance.

University of Washington Woman’s Center: Seattle, WA

  • Lantern building workshops. Adult education.

Kirkland Arts Center: Kirkland, WA

  • Adult lantern building workshops. Mentor for bus shelter mural project with disabled student.


Fremont Arts Council: Seattle, WA

  • Adult and multigenerational lantern building workshops.


Sodo Urban Art Corridor, Metro Transit and Miller Community Center: Seattle, WA

  • Design and painting of a 2000 square foot mural with middle school students.

Sodo Urban Art Corridor, Metro Transit and St. Thomas Episcopal Church: Seattle, WA

  • Design and painting of a 2500 square foot mural with high school students.

Atlantic Street Center, Summer Academy and Access Program: Seattle, WA

  • Art instruction which integrates academic goals for 2nd and 3rd grade students.
  • Art Instruction in violence prevention program for 10 and 11 year old students.

South East Seattle Arts Council, Metro Transit and Orca Elementary School: Seattle, WA

  • Facilitated design and production of 165 square foot mural with 9 and 10 year old students.

Graduate Level Teaching:


Adjunct Faculty – Antioch University Seattle, Seattle WA

  • “Assessment: Tests and Measures”  3 credit graduate course for MA Counseling Psychology Students.


Adjunct Faculty – Bastyr University

  • “Sexuality and Sex Therapy,” a 2 credit graduate course for Naturopathic Physicians and Midwives.


Guest Lecturer – City University, Bellevue WA

  • “Introduction to Jungian Theory and Practice” and “Introduction to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Object Relations Theory” 3 hour presentations for MA Psychology students.

Full Clinical Psychology and Academic CV available on request.

Exhibition History:


Seattle Mobile Espresso: Seattle WA

  • Solo Show – Past works on canvas and paper.


Seattle Mobile Espresso: Seattle WA

  • Group Show – Acrylic on Canvas.


North West Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, “The Potential Space” Event: Seattle, WA

  • Group Show – Acrylic on Canvas.


North West Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, “The Potential Space” Event: Seattle, WA

  • Group Show – Acrylic on Canvas.


International Association For the Study of Dreams, “Dream Art” Exhibit: Berkeley CA

  • Group Show – Acrylic on Canvas.


Bumbershoot Arts Festival: Seattle, WA

  • Installation – Illuminated sculpture garden.


Counter Culture Café: Seattle, WA

  • Retail – “Americana” refrigerator magnet series, Block print cards.


Feast of the Winter Solstice, Fremont Arts Council: Seattle, WA

  • Installation – Sanctuary Space with Waddled Stick House, Corridor and Shrine, 500 sq. feet.

Virginia Mason Medical Center, Bereavement and Loss Services: Seattle, WA

  • Installation – Spirit Canoe 2, illuminated sculpture.

Counter Culture Café: Seattle, WA

  • Solo Show – “On Being Human” Works on paper.

Multi Ethnic Invitational, South East Seattle Arts Council: Seattle, WA

  • Group Show – Works on paper.

Instructors Exhibition, Kirkland Arts Center: Kirkland, WA

  • Group Show – Spirit Canoe 1, illuminated sculpture.

Tacoma Art Museum Gift Shop: Tacoma, WA

  • Retail – “The Virgin of Guadalupe.” Hand-made block print cards,

Frame Up Fremont: Seattle, WA

  • Retail – Hand-made block print cards.

La Tienda Folk Art Gallery: Seattle, WA

  • Retail – Hand-made block print cards.


Canal Park, Seattle: WA

  • Installation – Lantern Sculpture Garden.

Alla Famiglia Bistro: Seattle, WA

  • Solo Show – Works on paper.

Counter Culture Café: Seattle, WA

  • Solo Show – Works in paint, paper and steel.

Red Carrot Café: Seattle, WA

  • Solo and Group Shows – Boot Series, works on paper.

Project 416: Seattle, WA

  • Group Show – Works on paper.

In The Beginning Fabrics: Seattle, WA

  • Group Show – Works in fabric.

Quilt Fair 97: Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Group Show – Works in fabric.

La Tienda Mexican Folk Art Gallery: Seattle, WA

  • Retail – Hand made block print cards.

Additional Education:

1999-2000 Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA

  • Dream Tending: Intermediate (1999) & Advanced (2000)
  • Phenomenological, Archetypal and Ecological approaches to dream work

1998-99 University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • First Year Mandarin Chinese

1993-98 Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

  • Painting, Metal Furniture Fabrication, Concrete Sculpture Techniques, Plaster Mold Making, Glass Arts, Marketing for Artists

1997 The Academy of Realist Art, Seattle, WA

  • Painting

1995-96 South Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA

  • Welding Technology

1994-95 Marylhurst College, Portland, Oregon

  • Psychology, Art Therapy

Painter’s Studio Group with Betty Merkin, Seattle, WA

  • Painting

1990-92 Various Artists/Locations, Seattle, WA:

  • Stained Glass and Warm Glass work

1985 The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

  • Bachelor of Arts: Social Science
  • Major: Multicultural Communication & Counseling Psychology
  • Minor: U.S. Political History of Labor

1982-83 Highline Community College, Midway, WA: Design, Education

1981 Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA

  • Life Drawing, Education

Fabrication Work:

1995-98 Self employed, Working Artist

  • Metal working commissions include: Mosque styled Archway, tables and trellises, Stainless 4th Century Celtic Warriors Helmet, Stainless 1940’s Airline Exhaust, Custom race car exhaust, child’s tam, Benches for Seattle Community College, ‘95 Sea fair float, Fence for Pike Place Market Day Care.

1997 Sheet Metal Fabrication, McDonald Miller, Seattle, WA

  • Union sheet metal fabricator.

1996 Art Glass Fabrication, Glass Works, Seattle, WA

  • Architectural art glass installations. Fabricator on commissions including Anthony’s Home Port, Bell Street Pier and The Frye Art Museum atrium windows.

Additional Program Development, Project Development and Technical Writing Experience:

2001 Social Services Manager – The Sanctuary, Episcopal Community Services, San Francisco, CA

  • In 250 bed homeless shelter, oversaw operation of Social Services Department. Contract Management. Developed billing procedural manual. Increased department revenues.

95-96 Director of Program Development – Puget Sound Residential Services, Renton, WA

  • Administrative oversight of all treatment services and departmental compliance issues. Staff development. Developed policies, procedures, procedural manuals, and agency wide and site-specific trainings.

93-94 Technical Assistance Consultant – Puget Sound Residential Services, Renton WA

  • Designed and implemented service delivery systems for new program components. Technical assistance, resource development. Staff development.

87-93 Program Manager – Kateri House, Seattle, WA

  • Assessment and treatment planning. Program design, implementation, and oversight. Staff supervision and training. Developed health and safety, disaster preparedness, and HR manuals to assure agency compliance with local, state and federal regulations.

Full Clinical and Project Management CV available on request. You may also visit my web site or linked in profile for more information on my clinical work.



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