As an artist, I use my hands to create paper from recycled waste, paint with watercolours and illustrate with fineliners, to explore the creative process and it’s relationship to mental health, wellbeing and chronic illness. As someone who has struggled with mental health issues for several years, from intense chronic anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, bulimia and PTSD, creativity as a process has become a lifeline to me, whether it be through writing poetry as a form of self expression, performance poetry, mixed media, mandala illustration, drawing, sketching, painting, watercolours, textiles, scrapbooking, writing, journalling. To me, creative art is a vital form of our self expression and allowing our emotions to find a sense of breathing space and find their own place in the world, rather than being suppressed deep within ourselves, which can lead on to long term health problems, emotional, mental and spiritual health issues and physical conditions.
My work seeks to uplift, inspire and encourage those who are struggling in their journeys to find a sense of place or peace within themselves.
It is my hope that my work will provide a place of inspiration and empowerment to those who are in need of it most, by drawing on my own personal journey, coping mechanisms and what I have learned through my exploration of the creative process.