For a long time art has been my sanctuary. My art practice has helped me to cultivate peace and renewal in the face of adversity.
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I believe making art can be a wellness practice just like other self-care habits such as receiving bodywork, yoga, exercise and nutrition. By tapping into primal, creative energy and using our brains in an holistic way, good chemicals are released encouraging mental and emotional wellbeing. Viewing and being surrounded by works of art also directly impacts the brain chemistry.
It is how modern homosapians evolved;
"Prehistoric art and architecture connected the earthly with the spiritual, established social power hierarchies, and perhaps helped people learn and remember information about the natural world that was critical for their survival. This art represents one of the fundamental elements of our development as a human species. Indeed, it is the cognitive capability to create and recognize symbols and imagery that sets us as modern humans apart from all our predecessors and from all our contemporary animal relatives. We are defined as a species by our abilities to make and understand art."
-Stokstad,Cothren, Art History Vol 1 5th Ed.
An intentional art practice can have many health benefits; It can help to flow loving intention to all areas of your life. It can also help to heal trauma, relieve stress, give a sense of purpose, create a feeling of connection, explore spirituality, invite playfulness, experimentation, discovery and nourish the inner child. If you have felt stuck in some area of your life, it can help you release mental and emotional blocks.
By practicing the art of intentional, holistic creating, on a regular basis, you can shift those blocks.
Studies are showing how art making and cultural engagement is beneficial for recovery and overcoming mental health challenges.
For many years I have committed my life to the practice of art making. I create art commercially and for personal wellbeing. People often ask me what my medium is. I have to say I am a multimedia artist as the list of mediums is long; tattooing, jewelry making, clothing design, printmaking, illustration, coloring books. painting, ceramics, sculpture, collaging, digital new media and photography, modeling, web and graphic design, board game development.
The Journey I left the Southwest and moved to California in 2012 to be by the ocean again and pursue commercial art. I started doing craft shows selling my abalone jewelry and painted clothing. I went back to school to learn about digital art making and web design in Berkeley.In 2017, I decided to leave the Bay Area and move to the remote and beautiful Mendocino coast in Northern California to pursue a deeper spiritual, creative practice for self-healing.
My focus as of 2020 is to teach others how to cultivate an art wellness practice Since moving to the North Coast, I have been exploring ceramic sculpture as both commercial and therapeutic craft along with new media and printmaking to express the connection I feel with the redwood forest and the importance of nature conservation.