‘The Art of Healing’

Why I do
what I do…’The Art of Healing’

People may
wonder why I decided to go Full time with my Art practice, to turn my ‘hobby’
into a business and income. Well, I thought I would take the time to explain how
I came to the decision to become an independent artist…

As many of
you may know I have struggled for about 8 years with my health, this has been a
big part of my decision. I came to realise recently, that my body has been
screaming at me for years to change how I am living and what I am doing, and I
am finally listening.

Not everyone
has the confidence to speak their minds, not everyone has the verbal ability to
speak their minds, but one thing that everyone does speak, is the universal
language of Art.

Art is my
voice, my expression, my truth, my escape and my joy.

I create Art
as a form of therapy for my own personal therapeutic benefit. Sometimes I use
it to express my thoughts, experiences or emotions and sometimes I use it to
escape from them, into my own alternate reality, my ‘Fantasy Land’, my ‘safe
space’. And sometimes the simple act of artmaking itself, I do purely for the
love and enjoyment I get form creating. The therapeutic benefits I feel in my
deepest core, as I transcend into a meditative state, while immersed in what I am
creating, the act of creating, without thinking, without the constraints of
rules or time, blissfully unaware of the world around me. For me, there is no
better feeling.

Art heals
me, feeds my soul, fills me with joy. This is why I do what I do. Once I was
aware of it, it was almost a jerk reaction to go full time, how could I not? How
could I go back to forcing my body to scream at me? How could I ignore the
healing effects art has on my mind and body?

Most of all,
this realisation of the healing effects of Art, from my own experiences, coupled
with my time working in a special educational needs school, has given me the greatest
desire to share my experiences and knowledge with others, so they might benefit through
creative expression in the same way I have been able to. That, for me, would be
incredibly rewarding, to help others discover the healing benefits of Art. 

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