"I strongly embrace the truth that in order to stay creativity alive and present for the people I work with I must maintain my artistic sensibility by remaining actively engaged in my own work. I paint because I know that in order to do be effective in any area of life I must be the artist first. It is in choosing this perspective that allows me to actively find beauty in the darkest places and motivate others to do the same in order to build hope and resiliency. As an art therapist I encourage the understanding that our perception defines our reality, yet it is never fixed, and can be adjusted. The very act of engaging in the creative process is a direct connection to this truth."