The Healing Power of ART
I am just a painter, an artist desiring to create interesting and beautiful art. Just like many artists, I work during the day to support my family and create art every evening. After a few days in the hospital for my severe burns, I was inspired by my youngest daughter to create a children's magnetic coloring board aquarium when she cut out paper fish shapes, colored them and taped them to the wall at the hospital telling me that aquariums are relaxing and she made one for me. This inspired me to work on making something special for pediatric burn patients. This art project expanded as a two-sided framed metal board aquarium. Each set comes with ready-to-color flat fish shape magnets and crayons/markers inside a small backpack. I now make these only by request from hospitals for children admitted and being treated for severe burns. Since then, I've met many other survivors and have found that adult burn survivors are also in need of encouragement. As a result, I have been creating artwork visually connected to engraved plates with encouraging messages attached to the framed art. I have been sending these paintings to hospital burn clinics hoping that the messages engraved on each painting will encourage others as they waiting for their burn treatments and appointments. Some recent artwork is centered around helping those that were suddenly rendered visually impaired learn to read braille. Please click on the WORD.DOC attached for the complete story.