I realised the potential to art when I was driven to experiencing extreme emotions that I couldn’t express easily through words. It has become a life support and I am able to reflect more positivity when I create and can be a happier person for my family as well. I find art a deeply personal experience that helps me to let go of things I cannot control. I truly believe in its healing powers and I strongly feel that everyone should have access to it and try it at least once.
Once I learned to create things for the pleasure of it, that became my most effective coping strategy. Even in the darkest times I can still bring beauty into the world.
My creative practice is a form of meditation as it takes to me to a place of total expression and allows me to dig deep. I tend to take my time, enjoy the process, and stay open to anything new that appears.
Occasionally I’ll do quick, cathartic sketches to release overwhelming emotions that are otherwise quite hard to pin down. This can bring up subjects in my work that I was not intending to come through. They can often present new ways for me to deal with my worries, as well as inspire new art that I can give to the world!
I find making things gently empowering. However broken I feel, when I am creating I am strong and centred; I am bringing something into the world that did not exist before and would not exist without me.
Francis More O’Ferrall
Art has been a great way for me to maintain good mental health as it is very beneficial in developing ones inner self and identity. It is also a very innocuous activity which is good for your self esteem. I love my art and especially the feedback I get from others.
I went to a confidence building group and someone asked me “What does the Dalai Lama and Madonna have in common?” The answer is a love of art. That started me off – I went to Wilkinson’s and got some paints and canvases. It was 40 years since I’d done a drawing. Now I draw most days – animals, plants, cars, people, buildings – anything!
Art has helped me explore more things that are kept quiet – I was told not to bring things out throughout my life and the art helps me bring it out.
I like abstract work and in lockdown it’s helped a hell of a lot, as long as I’ve got commissions from my befriender!
Artwork and creativity has always been a very good way to channel and express what is going on for me emotionally.
Art is the medium that grounds me to the present. The present is a moment before the future. A future is living beyond the past. The past is where my trauma now rests!