Using Art as a path to personal growth.
At Maple Services, we are committed to supporting the creative journeys of our clients like Sally, who reside in Perth. Art has been an essential part of Sally’s life, not only as a means of self-expression but also as a tool for maintaining her mental health. In this Q&A-style discussion, Sally shares her experiences, thoughts, and aspirations related to her art journey. We are honoured to be a part of Sally’s artistic exploration and personal growth.
Q1: How has art continued to affect how you feel and see life since we last talked?
Art continues to play a significant role in how I perceive the world and manage my mental health. As I mentioned before, having something in my life that helps me maintain my mental health is crucial. It’s not just about creating beautiful pieces; it’s about the process, the colours, and the emotions that art allows me to express. Art has also allowed me to socialize more with like-minded people who appreciate the beauty of creativity.
Q2: Have you learned any new things about art that you’d like to share?
Certainly! One thing I’ve learned is that art is incredibly subjective. Some people can be critical, but I’ve learned not to take it to heart. Every painting or piece of art I create is part of my unique journey, and I get to share it with the world. The most important thing is to keep creating, no matter what.
Q3: You wanted to join the Pastels Society. Have you started going to their sessions? What do you like about learning from others?
I did attend the Pastels Society sessions last year, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Having the support I received made it much easier to attend, even though it’s quite a distance from my home. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend this year due to financial constraints, but I hope to be back next year. What I love about it is that I met some fabulous people who support each other and share valuable advice on techniques and tricks. Pastels may be a messy medium, but you can create some truly fabulous images.
Q4: Is there something new or different you want to paint in the future?
I’ve got a few ideas in mind. One of my plans is to create a series of paintings featuring Gouldian finches. These vibrant birds are found in the Kimberley and Northern Territory, and I’ve already started working on the first piece in the series. I also want to explore landscapes and water paintings. I’ve attached some works in progress to give you a glimpse.
Q5: Remember when you wanted to show your art globally? Are you getting closer to that goal?
I must admit I’m not getting any closer to that goal yet. However, I’m determined to achieve it eventually. I’d love to have my own exhibition or share one with others in the next few years. Currently, I’m taking small steps, like setting up an Instagram page and an account on an art platform called Blue Thumb. But I still feel a bit intimidated by it. I think I’ll embark on that journey next year.
Q6: How does your support worker and Maple help you with your art and other things?
Maple has been an absolute blessing. The supportive personnel have been fabulous in various ways, from helping me attend opening nights to delivering paintings to galleries. They also assist me with daily activities like shopping and going to places I wouldn’t have considered possible without their support. Having another set of ears to hear helps me gather information I might have missed otherwise.
Q7: What do you think about art now, compared to when you first showed your work?
My first attempt at putting my art out for people to see was a bit of a disaster and a significant setback. But it didn’t dishearten me. We all face challenges, and I didn’t give up. I kept creating because art is about painting things that I find interesting and telling a story with my work.
Q8: What advice would you give someone who’s facing challenges in their own creative journey?
The first thing I would say is congratulations! You’ve found something that can brighten your life. Don’t let anyone discourage you. If art makes you happy, it’s all about your journey. Paint what you want, be it abstract, landscapes, flowers, or anything else. Just keep doing it.
Q9: Any new goals for yourself, in art or other parts of your life?
This year, I did some solo travel, and it was quite an experience. While I had fun catching up with friends, I also learned a few things about myself along the way. I’ve always had hearing issues, which affected my education. Now, I feel a bit ripped off. But while traveling, I managed to capture some fantastic photos of places and things to paint. In 2024, I want to join another art society to meet more people and expand my horizons.
Q10: Can you tell us about events or classes you’ve been to for art? How do they help you get better at it?
I haven’t attended formal art classes because workshops can be quite expensive, especially for a pensioner like me. However, attending exhibitions has been beneficial. It’s a chance to connect with other creators and learn about their journeys. We all see the world in different ways, and there are no rules in art. I believe in painting what you feel, and that’s the essence of the creative process.
Sally’s journey in art continues to inspire us at Maple Services. Her dedication to self-expression, coupled with her resilient spirit, serves as a testament to the transformative power of creativity. We are proud to stand by Sally as she explores new horizons and works towards her goals, both in art and in life. As we move forward, we remain committed to supporting Sally and all our clients in their unique journeys of self-discovery and personal growth.