About Lisa Havelin
“Animals have been the guiding force of my path. My artworks and my work in the human-animal bond, seek to acknowledge their value as fully sentient partners; to advocate for them in ways that allow the full expression of their individuality; and to honor their teachings and gifts.” -Lisa Havelin MA, MFA, LAMFT
Lisa received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Metalsmithing from State University of New York at New Paltz and began exploring reliquaries when her beloved 23 year old cat, Miss Moppet, died her first year in graduate school. She has been making reliquaries for 25 years. Her devotion to animals and their people led her to receive her Master of Arts degree in Psychology with emphasis in the human-animal bond, and family systems that include an animal as an integral member of the family. She worked in Veterinary Social Services at the University of MN Veterinary Medical Center, providing support to individuals and families facing end-of-life with their animals.
Lisa continues her work as an artist/metalsmith, recently producing a body of work related to the loss of her beloved cat, Winnifred. This series, titled “Mourning Crowns”, was featured in the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Metalsmith Magazine—Exhibition In Print, 2014. For further information about Lisa’s artwork please visit: www.lisahavelinmetals.com
Lisa continues her work as a psychologist and maintains a private practice. She has specialized training in grief and bereavement, human-animal bond, equine-assisted therapy, sensorimotor therapy, somatic meditation, and expressive-arts. To learn more about Lisa’s counseling practice please visit: www.lisahavelin.com