I believe that art is healing, both for the maker and the viewer. When engaged in the flow of creativity, we are connected to a powerful energy that is life-enhancing. When we have a positive emotional response to a work of art, clearly it is beneficial for health and healing. My work is meant to inspire positivity, creativity, and peace.
My artistic process
To achieve "depth" in my work, I apply multiple layers of acrylic paints, torn photographic imagery, and collage on a gessoed, wooden panel. When I am happy with the results, I use a palette knife to apply a thick layer of acrylic gel medium, and finish the piece off with two coats of acrylic satin varnish. I work on many panels at once which helps to speed the process.
I have a Master's in Art Therapy degree (St. Mary-of-the-Woods, 2012) and a Bachelor's in Fine Art/Painting degree (University of Illinois at Chicago, 1991). For years, I have been working as an artist and as an art therapist, but realized recently I had to choose one true path. I chose art, but fortunately, I learned to incorporate "therapy" into my art.