For what feels like a lifetime I have struggled with what I call ‘the darkness’. In 2004, at the age of 18, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. At that time, I was in the midst of a heavy struggle with self harm, suicidal tendencies, psychosis and substance abuse.
I have kept sketchbooks since I was three years old and written journals since I was fourteen. As a youth I was taught to draw realistically. When my mental health began to deteriorate in my teenage years, my art began to shift into surrealism as the world around me was rapidly appearing distorted.
Regardless of where I have been on my journey, from homelessness and drug abuse to sobriety and emotional stability, my art and writing have accompanied me.
Through research and personal experience I have discovered I have more power over my mental, emotional and physical wellness than I thought. Topics that I have found valuable include microbial (gut) health, philosophy, and psychology. I touch upon some of these topics in my talk: The Art of Mental Wellness
I invite you to explore my site and see how my artwork has transformed on my journey.
Please contact me for art inquiries or public speaking.