It’s been said that there lives deep within the wilds of Indiana, a Wild Woman. In the dark hours of the morning, she prowls the doorway of her cave, waiting for stray raccoons or possums to wander past so she can yell, “Hey, you crazy critters, get off my porch!”
I’ve been told that she spends her days talking to ducks, dancing with geese and frolicking with the herd of cats that follow her wherever she goes. On rare occasions, she’s even been known to flash a passing car or two. (TOTALLY by accident, y’all!)
But there’s something about this Wild Woman that some folks might not be aware of - she makes things besides messes. Even though she never refers to herself as one, this Wild Woman is also an artist working in watercolors, clay and anything else she can get her grubby little hands on.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the weird Wild Woman would be me. And even though I consider myself more of a doodler than an artist, Art Saves Lives International Magazine said I was wrong and they wanted to chat. So we talked about how my art has helped me deal with mental illness and I couldn’t be more honored to be one of the featured artists in this month’s issue!
Not gonna lie to you guys - talking about my crazy is one of the hardest things to do. BUT, for me it’s also a biggie in the fight to kick stigma’s ass. That’s why I’d love it if y’all would check out Art Saves Lives International Magazine. Read the articles, meet the amazing people who are working through different mediums to educate and inspire, and share their work!
After all, how cool is it when someone can not only make the world a little better by erasing some of the shame and stigma of mental illness, but make it a more beautiful place to be at the same time?
Our past may help to make us who we are,
but what we choose to do with it determines
who we become
Do you create to help deal with your glitches? (And creating most certainly includes writing!) I’d LOVE it if you’d share links to your work in the comments! Because working together, we’re more than the sum of our parts.