Description Title: 'Recovery: Stages of getting ones life back.'Getting one's life back after mental illness, addiction or any tragic event.Bottom level, a dark, dead place. Hard to see reality. Denial. Wanting to give up. Just getting by.Second level, though getting better, still being pulled down by emotions, pain and/or addictions. Having to fight to stay afloat. Feeling overwhelmed at times.Third level, still not light enough, but there are stars to wish on and hope begins. Fourth level, much lighter, there is sunshine! Not fully recovered, but facing reality and hope is maintained easily.Fifth level, a sense of peace and happiness. Feeling like life is really good again. Loving life. Realizing you can be pulled down again, but feeling strong enough to know you know what to do if that happens.25% of the profits for this print will go to the Partnership at Drug-free.org.
Juli Cady Ryan, Cincinnati, Ohio Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement I grew up on a farm in north-western Indiana in the small town of LaPorte. Many of my paintings are inspired from these early years living in the beautiful countryside. I had dogs, many cats and a pony named Thunder. I spent many days riding that pony pretending I was the female version of the Lone Ranger. My imagination was at work constantly. So it's not a surprise that I use this imagination to create whimsical acrylic paintings!
I do not have any formal art training, I just use my imagination and my love for bright colors to guide me! Some paintings seem to take on a life of their own and I feel I am under it's spell!
I now live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my husband, Sean, and three children, Ashley, Keegan and Lucas. I also have two black cats, Francis and Lord Infamous, two ferrets, Bonnie & Pauley, and a tortoise, Gio. Besides taking care of this zoo and painting, I also love to read, garden and listen to music.
My first childrens's book and my new art book are available on Blurb! http://www.blurb.com/my/store