My relationship to art and healing is complex and textured with many personal stories close to home as well as those from my professional career. In my experience, my spiritual evolution is in direct relation to my artistic process. My self-expression has morphed in its form, yet the reliable resource has consistently been a source of resiliency, growth and ascension to this day. My artistic process has served me as an outlet moving me from hope to despair and back to hope again throughout my life. And, my art “products” have served as a living document reflecting my upward spiral.
My exposure to the arts began from birth really, as my father is an active fine artist thus I grew up in a household that supported and fostered both art making and an appreciation for the arts. I was immersed in a creative atmosphere and was given active permission to “play” in the arts. My sister was an avid artist and it was through her creating of art that she was able to cope with the pain and suffering that she endured through a terminal illness with grace and ease. Her fragile life is a strong testimony to the healing and liberating power that art carries. Art continues to be a central resource to my family’s healing, grieving and transformation from a tragic loss.
As an arts educator for over 14 years, I personally witnessed a multitude of what I call “transitions in consciousness” within the thousands of students that I was able to reach. My art classroom provided a safe container for their artistic expression to flourish and heal/relieve the suffering from loss, disease, grief, poverty, social injustice and other life threatening situations that many of them faced. Time and again, it was self-evident that creative expression through the arts provides solace, an inward refuge and for many hope through a shift in awareness and perception.
Overall, art is a potent path of healing both as a practice and a profession for me. Art, creativity and healing are to me synonymous. Art is the glue of the Universe and provides a nourishing space for the Soul to rest and take refuge. More than ever, art and the artistic process serve as the means for the evolution of human consciousness and planetary healing.