I meet with a wonderful group of creative women once a month who have been challenged with the question, “What is my goal in being with other artists?” In order for me to answer that question I need to ask myself “Why do I make art?”
Making art and even calling myself an artist is relatively new for me. I spent close to 20 years working in healthcare. The people I hung out with were nurses, chaplains and social workers and our goals had to do with patient care. Anything that had to do with creativity—art, writing, music was extra and often looked at as a hobby. It was during this time in my life however that I saw how important art was to me and to patients.
I wrote a book of poetry honoring the many patients, families and staff that I met along the way. I wrote it to honor them yes, but to help me as well. The writing of these poems helped me make sense of what I saw everyday. Art (visual art, music, dance) as healing within a hospital or hospice was beginning to take shape and now is an expected facet of good health care. Waiting Rooms of the Heart can be ordered on line through Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com
Being creative—making something— be it a knitted scarf, mosaic step stone for our front yard, writing a poem, producing a piece of art that might find a home in a gallery has been a satisfying part of my life.