In Focus Podcast

Episode 75

Jane studied painting in New York and in France, and with the Japanese painter Kaji Aso in Boston.


Welcome artist, art therapist, play therapist, and former dancer, Jane Ferris Richardson to In-Focus Podcast Number 75. Jane studied painting in New York and in France, and with the Japanese painter Kaji Aso in Boston.

Her early art experience was as a dancer. She is now an artist, art therapist, and play therapist. Her work with expressive “languages” for children with autism has led her to collaborate nationally and internationally, in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Most recently she taught art and play-based approaches to professionals and parents in India and Bangladesh. She is a core faculty member in art therapy at Lesley University. She has work in the university collection, and regularly curates work from students and visiting artists.

Listen in on this conversation as The Artist Index’s host, Ron Fortier delves more into Jane’s life, work, and future ambitions. This episode was recorded with Zoom during the pandemic of 2021. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR THE PODCAST LINK or LISTEN HERE(new episodes are added a short time after being posted here)

The whole concept of The Artists Index and the journey we are on is are still in the making and very organic. And, at this critical time in our country’s history, challenged by the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have continued to podcast remotely, assisted by Zoom, in order to assure that our guests remain safe and, in the comfort of their home.

If you would like to be a guest or, have a suggestion, please let us know!

Dr. Jane Ferris Richardson

New Bedford, Massachusetts



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This program is supported in part by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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