"Art transcends the boundaries and divisions between people, to a common ground of understanding where we can share something of beauty and self-discovery."
Art, Positivity and Healing. by Carolyn Edlund. Art has long been recognized as a source of healing energy. Three artists share how the creative force has been transformational in their own lives, as well as uplifting to their audience. Art can be healing and inspiring to anyone who views it, but the making of art has it’s own benefits. These three artists discovered the profound...
... difference art made in their lives, and their stories document the power that it has to help overcome enormous odds.
Artist Matt Jackson openly shares his story of spiraling down into depression while working a stressful corporate job, and subsequently taking a two-month absence. After his return, he began creating digital art, which he calls “a talent I never dreamed of possessing.” He explains, “By day, I dealt with the pressure of dubious business arrangements, but at night, all that pressure melted away as my mind recognized new possibilities of self-expression. It made me whole as I touched a spiritual side of my soul that had been empty. Art has set me free.”
That spiritual side reaches out through his work to his audience, and with over 1,100 art sales since 2012, it speaks volumes about the reaction he gets from others. He shares, “My story about rising from the ashes of depression and finding myself through art is an inspiration to others who have fought or are currently struggling with this disease daily.”
In a world where depression is common and mental health is often an open topic, it can be particularly uplifting to find an artist who celebrates this healing touch. He adds, “Art transcends the boundaries and divisions between people, to a common ground of understanding where we can share something of beauty and self-discovery.”