Petal Power, 2017
Last year, I began providing therapeutic art classes at a behavioral health facility and was challenged to come up with lessons for teen clients which didn't require lots of materials... mostly I needed to use everyday items, like paper, tape, glue and scissors.
I wanted my clients to experience creating something beautiful, yet fragile to mimic their stressful and complicated experiences. So I started researching and fell in love with paper flowers!
Almost a year later, we have created many different types of flowers. The process is calming, transformative, helps build self-esteem, and they love it!
As I was getting ready for Curiosities, my solo exhibition at the South Arkansas Arts Center and looking for inspiration, once again I was inspired by flowers. I've painted flowers many times before but now I see them so differently because of the work I currently do with my clients. So I created these paintings to celebrate the beauty and fragility of life and the importance of mental health.