Those that really know me understand that I am also very passionate about using art as a vessel for exploration and self discovery. I enjoy helping others heal through art. Also, I have continued to use art as a tool to raise awareness about mental illness.
During the 2011 spring semester at Hartford Art School I participated in a class called Arts and Healthcare and worked one on one with a resident at a rehabilitation center in Bloomfield.
In order to raise awareness about Autism I painted a ceramic dog with puzzle pieces for the Windsor Education Foundation. The dog was later named "Puzzles," and was on display throughout Windsor, CT until he finally reached his forever home at the Walgreen's Distribution Center in Windsor, CT.
Wounded Warrior - PTSD is Forever is a social art piece that aims to raise awareness about PTSD. This piece was selected out of 10,000 submissions for the Embracing Our Differences Outdoor Show at Island Park in Sarasota, Florida. Embracing our Differences is a wonderful organization that "envisions a world that embraces diversity, respects differences and actively rejects hatred and prejudice." The reception for this show was held by Ringling School of Art and Design. To learn more, click here.
While working for Camp Simon Art Center & Eastern Services, I created many painting demos, taught private lessons, paint socials, and also assisted with their after school therapeutic program. I enjoyed teaching, especially more intimate classes because it gave me a chance to really see how others work and to see their artistic process. I always encouraged individuals to "do their own thing," and "it doesn't have to look like mine."
Recently I taught a therapeutic art class at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Everyone had such a blast and they didn't want to leave!