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vanessajane
Age:
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Artist Bio:
The basics

I am 37 years old.
I have a partner, two boys 17 and 13 and a step-son 14.
I work full-time as a table hand at a printing firm.
I like reading Horror and 1800’s classics.
Jane Eyre is my favourite book.
My star sign is Taurus.
I am left handed.
I love all sorts of music.
Photography and painting are my hobbies until I can sustain myself as an artist.
I love driving through the countryside with no destination in mind.
My greatest enemy is time. I never have enough of it.
I smile, laugh and think too much.
I am writing a book about my life called ‘Vera’.
I have tattoos, a butterfly that covers my whole chest, a leopard head surrounded by a tree on my shoulder blade and a new one coming to cover up a mistake made a long time ago on my ankle.
My pride and joy is my 1965 AP6 Valiant Regal Safari Stationwagon.

How did I become an artist?

I became an artist in my late 20’s. At the time I worked as a behavioral management worker for people with disabilities.

While on shift I was attacked by a client.

I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress syndrome/major depression depending on which psych evaluation you read.

After I got over the physical pain, one of my psychiatrists’ I was seeing gave me the advice that I should paint seeing as drawing was something that I have enjoyed since childhood.

I hadn’t picked a pen up in many years let alone having to learn how to paint.

I mentioned the idea to my psychologist who helped me to find the self-confidence I needed to actually put the idea into practice.

Why did I become an artist?

I had no other way of letting it out.

When I paint I bleed.

I let it all out without a word.

After three and a half years of being lost in a medicated coma I needed something that was going to make me feel good.

The doctors were giving me the all clear by this time even though I suffered some permanent damage.

I wanted to live again on my own with no artificial control or doctors.

Medication and therapy for me has now been replaced with my own strength, understanding of my illness, paints and brushes.

I have suffered from depression ever since I was 14 years old, I just didn't know it at the time.

It has been about ten years since my accident sent me crashing into the abyss.

I still suffer from depression but I have learnt to go with the undercurrent.

I hope to inspire others to pick up a paintbrush or any medium and see what happens.

If you don't draw or paint it ,write it,play it or sing it. Do whatever you have to do to get it out.
Interests:
reading, painting, photography,valiant cars
Occupation:
tablehand
Location:
australia

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