Lilla Matheson Ohrstrom

Life Imitates Lilla

Art has led Lilla Matheson Ohrstrom through schools, apprenticeships and countries. It has presented her with mentors and students. She has taken from art and she has given back.

She built her foundation at Parsons School of Design studying painting, sculpture, ceramics, French and art history before taking off to study classical sculpture with Ceril Heck in Paris, France. After that it’s more sculpture, metal casting, painting, woodcarving, pottery, jewelry making. Commissions came in, solo exhibits in the States solo exhibits in France.

A Calling Insinuates Itself

Lilla began to teach children to make art too. Then adults and children. Then she taught George Mason students about creativity and nature. She wanted to teach all kinds of people and work with everyone: all ages, nationalities, ethnicities, orientations. She became greedy for understanding people and the world.

A concern for the wellbeing of the planet began to weigh upon her. She was drawn to a practice of mindfulness. Soon, she was accepting a certificate of completion from Thich Nhat Hanh in Transformation and Healing: The Art of Suffering. She completed The Five Mindfulness Trainings at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism.

In 2014, Lilla found volunteering at A Place to Be, a music therapy organization, deeply rewarding. By 2015, Lilla had commenced a  master’s degree in art therapy at George Washington University and was developing an art therapy program at A Place to Be. All the time, practicing her own art; working with other artists and hosting exhibitions. Lilla has completed her master’s in art therapy, 75 hours in generative trance work, 1000 art therapy internship hours, and earned Reiki 1 and 2 attunements. She has worked with private clients at GWU trauma clinic.


The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) Link to Site

The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) Link to Site

The Potomac Art Therapy Association (PAPA) Link to Site

The Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax (MPCF). Link to Site

Works by Lilla Ohrstrom

Not a Warrior, plaster and cloth, 38 x 11 inches
Dragon Protecting Her Young, 16h x 6.5w x 5d inches
Mermaid and Her Young, 22 x 9 inches
Meditation, 9h x 11w x 9d inches
Not a Porcelain Doll, 18 x 6 inches
Lilla Ohrstrom
Mermaids Find Themselves
Touching the Earth, 5h x 12w x 12d inches
Walking My Rose Colored Way, 20 x 5.5 inches
Hiding, 12 x 9 inches
Happy Dog
Elias and the Hippopodomi, H 19" x W 17"

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