The term “art therapy” was coined in 1942 by British artist Adrian Hill, who discovered the healthful benefits of painting and drawing while recovering from tuberculosis. In this Art Talk, Lupe Lawrence will share her journey and, like Adrian Hill, explain how she used art in the healing process.
Admission is free for Cultural Council members, and $10 for nonmembers. Advance registration and online payment (for nonmembers) is required
Space is limited. Facial coverings and social distancing will be required for all attendees.
At the age of six, Lupe Lawrence saw the painting Hay Wain by John Constable and was mesmerized. She recalls sitting for hours and staring at the painting while tears rolled down her face. She thought, “This is so beautiful.” In that instant, she knew she wanted to be an artist to create artwork that would stir up the emotions in others that Hay Wain had stirred up in her. During high school, she began to express her artistic desire but was quickly discouraged by an art teacher who told her that she did not have the talent to make it in art. Her dream crushed by those words; her artistic talent sat untapped for many years.
It was when a crisis later in life left her feeling empty that she began to search her soul and ask, “what would make me happy?” Remembering her childhood dream of being an artist, she picked up the paintbrush again. She began taking classes at Covenant School of the arts and, to the chagrin of that art teacher, discovered that she did indeed have talent!
Fascinated by the contrasts made by light and shadows, she was inspired to begin painting pieces that would transport viewers into a serene setting that evokes a peaceful environment, and stimulates a sense of peace amidst our chaotic lives. She enjoys experimenting with different mediums such as pastels on silk and wood, turpentine with color pencil, and rediscovering the pigment that the masters used: such as lapis lazuli and mummy brown.
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