Hélène Awad is an Egyptian-American painter and art therapist. She was raised in Paris, later moved to Cairo, and currently resides in New York. Her background in Art History, and extensive travel have made her sensitive to the communal nature of human beings and different styles of expression.The daily life of women, in their essential roles as givers of life, as mothers, and as educators, keep inspiring her to search for a pictorial language with which to translate her aspiration for a peaceful and equal world. As a teenager she volunteered in a home for the disabled (mostly persons with Down syndrome) outside Paris. This experience marked her and opened her to the extreme differences between people and taught her that judgments were misleading and only limit us. Nine years ago she started volunteering at the Coalition for the Homeless in the good program. For The Lineage Project she co-taught meditation and yoga to youth at risk. She currently volunteers in an old home.