My relationship with art is one of restoration. My art is not to represent outward presentation but inward understanding. Rumi once wrote, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” I find that art has the ineffable power to do both. Art is a universal language. It is not contained by one socioeconomic sect. It calls to our need for healing, vulnerability, and transformation. Art does not require an innate talent, only a desire to grow and understand oneself and the world around us. Art helps me to understand what is possible and allows me to celebrate what I am feeling. In my creative process, I am learning that I do not need to change who I am, I just need to transform my relationship with myself.

 

My approach to art is not to focus on the final product, but the process. I approach art through a therapeutic lens. My work is meant to signify my inner self and hopefully to do the same for its viewers. Art gives me back the control I feel I have lost in the chaos of life. By focusing on the creative process, I am able to release myself of preconceived notions of what art is meant to look like. I am free in this creative spirit. I use acrylic, ink, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, and natural elements to explore who I am and who I desire to become. Believing in my art allows me to believe in myself.

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