The Art of Mental Wellness
My name is Amy Frank. I am a visual artist, writer, poet, mental health advocate, and public speaker, working out of my hometown Victoria, BC, Canada.
For most of my life, I struggled with what I called ‘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 ideation, psychosis, and substance misuse.
I have kept sketchbooks since I was three years old and written journals since I was fourteen. In my youth, I honed the ability to draw realistically. When my mental health began to deteriorate in my teenage years, my art began shifting into surrealism as the world around me was rapidly appearing distorted. Regardless of where I have been on my journey—from mental illness, homelessness and substance abuse to sobriety and stability—my art and writing have captured that.
In 2018, my desire to heal led me to learning about gut health. From there, I discovered that I have more influence over my mental, emotional and physical well-being than I initially realized. Topics that I have found valuable include sleep awareness, microbial gut health, movement (exercise), connection, using art as therapy, and psychology. I touch upon the ways I've learned to empower myself and much more in my 2019 talk: The Art of Mental Wellness.
I welcome you to explore my website to witness the evolution of my artwork and writing, a testament to the profound shifts in my personal growth, mirrored by my creative expression. I acknowledge that my site is extensive, so to make your navigation easier, here are specific pages I recommend for a more streamlined experience:
Please contact me for art inquiries, public speaking engagements, website design (on Wix), or for any questions, comments or feedback you may have. I look forward to hearing from you. :)