From the Author
Then my therapist posed a life-changingquestion that shifted the entire course of my therapeutic process. He asked me- as I sat paralyzed, despairing, and frozen on the couch in his office - if Ihad ever considered drawing or painting as a way to help me communicate whathad happened. That question led me to the most surprising discovery of my ownpower, willingness and courage to heal from within.
Mypaintings are the cathartic, vivid and sometimes disturbing, but veryliberating answer to that question. Profound relief came to me when my terrors,hopes, discoveries, and experiences were finally voiced on the canvas. My paincame out, depicted with a strong, loud, and clear voice of color and detail.This voice worked for me! It healed me. I painted myself sane. I painted myselfout of Hell and into a beautiful life, rich and whole.
It is my desire to share with others in wordsand images how I externalized the experience of severe abuse through art,bringing it into the therapeutic arena for healing. I am able to share with othersthe inner workings of a deeply traumatized person. I speak from livingexperience of how I healed. I want to foster a deeper understanding of thecrucial elements of the process that were most beneficial and fruitful in thejourney back to wholeness and joy. I want to witness to the miracle that I haveexperienced and become.
About the Author
Veronica's work includes offering peer-based support totrauma survivors, and giving presentations to professionals, art therapists,psychologists and students in these fields.
Her books, paintings and lectures are a resource forunderstanding the inner workings of a deeply traumatized person and how she hasnot only survived, but also has found a life of great joy. Her paintings speakas eloquently and powerfully as her words.
Her website can be viewed at: gabrielorionmarie.com