|Spirit Bird © Robin Phillips Studio|
The Healing Power of Art is a wonderful online community of art/artists that promote well being and positive change. Artists in the group are inspired by health/healing, education, social work, environmental awareness and more. See the exhibit and read more at: http://www.manhattanarts.com/hpa-1/ and http://healing-power-of-art.org
So, why do I create inspirational/healing art and how did I get started on this path?
Some of you have already heard my story or parts of it. But if you're new to my blog, welcome! And let me tell you a bit more...
The short answer is that my academic/career background is in art, design and psychology. And I have a love for beauty combined with a strong interest in positive growth and healing :)
But it's really life experience that moves me to create inspirational art. In just forty-some years, I've gone through many life challenges- health, money/lost jobs, family/relationship difficulties, losing family, and being close to alcohol/violence to name some of the bigger ones. Sometimes, these challenges have all happened at once, leaving me with little to cling onto and a sense of scrambling to find my way. In my weakest hours, I have wondered why life has to be "this difficult" but ultimately know I must endure. And in my strongest hours I embrace the beauty of Earth and hope to inspire others who feel down or are struggling too.
Without going into lots of endless, embarrassing and depressing details, I can ultimately say that I have been completely humbled by my life experiences. And this has deeply strengthened my sense of compassion. Through trying to understand and express some of my earliest challenges, in college I studied psychology, art and spiritual traditions. A big turning point for me came in my twenties, when I was diagnosed with diabetes. Having to face a serious chronic disease with dangers and complications at such a young age made my life flash before me. All the sudden, I realized that my time on earth is limited and I felt the calling to do something meaningful with my time. As a graphic/web designer, this also moved me to work with non-profits and small creative ventures as opposed to agencies. Onward to today, sometimes my daily life is not easy, but I am continuously thankful for the time and the blessings that I DO have.
Several years ago, I worked with VSA Arts, an organization promoting the power of art for people living with disabilities. I fondly remember the strong spirit of all the people I met there- especially how those who faced the greatest challenges were so positive. And, furthermore how art opened up a world of new possibility for them- a world with no limitations, a world of pure love and joy. This experience, among others, reinforced my healing art path. Buddhists have long believed suffering leads to compassion and enlightenment, and I do see the truth in this principle. I don't wish that suffering is necessary for anyone. But to be able to see the beauty in life amidst difficulty is a gift that we all have access to. Seeing the light is what moves us forward from darkness.
I turn to art for positive energy and healing. It will always be there to support me regardless of circumstances- a guiding light. Art and spirituality help me transcend the boundaries of life's difficulties, and provide a sense of eternal hope. Art allows me to express and release pain as well as inspiration. And often pain transforms into the greatest inspiration. I often feel that the arts (including crafts, music, drama, and writing, etc.) are the closest physical expression of spirit.
And as a step beyond personal healing, I believe art can ultimately be healing for the world too. In today's world of of violence, difficult human relations, endangered animals and ecosystems, positive messages and love are more important than ever! Art is just one channel. If more people can shine light and care for each other (in any way), together we can begin healing- and also take steps to help the world. Do not be afraid to shine your light!
|The Light Within © Robin Phillips Studio|
My Latest Painting, The Light Within
We all have a bright, beautiful light within, regardless of our circumstances. In this piece, it was my goal to create a more universal-looking figure that is not gender or race-specific, because this piece is meant for everyone. Our magnificent internal light is all-encompassing, reflecting and refracting rainbow colors, awakening and balancing chakras. It is our central beacon of hope and healing. Know that you always have this source within you.
This original piece is 14x11, painted in oil.
This original piece is 14x11, painted in oil.
Love and light!