As an artist and as an art therapist I draw upon one discipline when engaging in the other. Though they use art processes for different purposes, they are both firmly rooted in the creative process.
For many years I worked with chronically mentally ill older adults. I often took their stories to my studio where I gave them form and meaning. It helped me work through the sometimes difficult feelings I experienced when working with this challenging population.
Now that I am in private practice, subject matter and media have changed but usually focuses on people and universal imagery. I continue to use my art to work through my own emotions when dealing with the difficult issues presented to me by my therapy clients. I find this synthesis essential to my art, my therapy practice and to my life.