My art work promotes wellness because I like waterfalls. I like them because it makes me relax and takes my mind off things that cause me depression and also ADHD.
Submitted by Stacy McLemore
OWL EYES 2020
Many veterans are Military BRATs as well, like myself. I am truly made Brave, Responsible, Adaptable, Tolerate by my BRAT community and the sisterhood of the female service members and veterans. When I paint and draw (especially the dandelion) I become my best self, and I can forget the trauma and live in recovery for a time. Thank you for the opportunity to share my art with veterans and service members. Art has saved my life.
Submitted by Tracy Hutchinson
It offers images of imagination, hope and that not all endings are the end. There are still beautiful things in this world.
Submitted by Lakesha Lafayett
Coping with everyday stress is sometimes difficult, and not all minds are able to emotionally control the negative effects of stress. I hope to represent, in my art, a reminder to take the time to pause, breathe, walk-away from stress, and re-start with a clearer mind. This practice, I hope, will help us adapt a new way to cope to adversities in our life and spring us back to self-care, tranquility, and peace of mind. Resilience.
Submitted by Jhossa Jackson
The figure depicted in this piece is laboring through the sea to get out of a nasty storm, to which she finally finds peace and safety in the eye of the storm. The journey is not over yet, but she has time to rest before she keeps going. This is symbolic of the tumultuous journey many of us take from chaos to sanity and peace of mind. My own journey out of my depression has often felt like trudging just to stay afloat, as I'm sure many can relate, but mental wellness is worth every effort expended. Just as that is so, the times when our minds and lives have ease helps us to move forward through the harder times, instead of give up.
Submitted by Kayla M. Baum
Littered with glass and barbs