For as far back as I can remember, immersing myself in the creative process has been one of my passions and a source of comfort. Throughout the years, my fascination with the infinite possibilities of creation and love for experimenting with different materials and mediums has, both, led me to take several art courses (in Brazil, where I am originally from/ in Vancouver, home for over 17 years) and influenced my ways to create. Thus, unbound to a specific style or technique I’ve created (and sold) a variety of arts and crafts. Yet, despite its importance in my life I considered my artistic passion a hobby.
Ironically, it wasn’t until attending a course to become a Certified Expressive Arts Therapist (2012- 2014), on a quest to redesign my life and start a new career, that I was able to call myself, an artist. Gaining theoretical understanding of the Expressive Arts and experiencing its healing and transformational powers helped me to redefine the meaning of art for myself and to value my/and others unique expressions.
Being able to integrate my artistic passion with my passion for working with people, which accounts for 30 years of professional interaction in different capacities, including teaching, training, supervising, hiring and managing, awoke in me a renewed sense of purpose. So ultimately, instead of starting a new career just as an Expressive Arts Therapist, I can say that I started to follow a calling, which is manifesting in many ways.
Now, as an Expressive Arts Therapist, Expressive Artist, Art Instructor and children's book Author, I work with children and adults providing the means for creative freedom and connection with their imagination to facilitate self-expression, insight, transformation and healing.
"Like everyone else I am what I am: an individual, unique and different, with a lineal history of ancestral promptings and urgings; a history of dreams, desires, and of special experiences, all of which I am the sum total.”
― Charlie Chaplin
― Charlie Chaplin