I'm a 57 going on 30 survivor of long-term childhood abuse resulting in DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). The DID became known in 1997 and art therapy played a major role in my healing. By 2001 I had healed sufficiently to begin a new life. At 48 I entered grad school and earned my masters in counseling. For four years I had a full schedule of clients, many with dissociative disorders. I loved helping others to heal. My career ended in 2007 due to a domino effect of medical issues and am now on disability.
I started the group Adult Survivors of Abuse to provide a safe and supportive area for other survivors to engage in art therapy. Polyvore is my career these days. I share my life with my boyfriend Brian (9 years next month), our box turtle Nemo, and our tortoise Lucy who thinks she's a puppy.
The people on Polyvore are an amazing community and I cherish the friends I've made here. I had no idea I had an artistic side. This past year has been a wonderful experience. If only the rest of the world were like Polyvore. Thank you for coming to visit my rather varied art styles!
Revealing Authentic Self was one of my first artistic sets and has remained one of most popular sets. I loved the result. More than that, just yesterday, it became apparent, in the realm of art therapy, that the set had great personal meaning. The subconscious at work in the art world continues to amaze me.
This set was my first request by my Polyvore friend Natalie. She asked me to make her an angel. The watercolor effect was accidental when I placed the ghosted image of the ballerina. I just went with it and it's one of my personal favorites.