Sometimes Art needs to take a back seat...

 

Today is my 38th birthday and I have had a beautiful day. I have got some gorgeous gifts from my boys and phone calls and messages from my beautiful friends and family. I feel so blessed. This is a different story to the last six months that I want to share with you. I'm not sharing this for pity but maybe for awareness and to let you know that its not always sunshine, roses and art and that's ok too.

I have suffered with anxiety and depression most of my adult life. Which means being medicated most of my adult life. I can clearly remember when my first bout of terrifying anxiety hit. I was living on my own in Adelaide studying nursing and working at a nursing home. I was in my second year and I was studying for exams. I remember being unable to sit still and getting extremely agitated to the point where nothing I did could calm me down.  I had this feeling of absolute dread that wouldn’t leave.

 That first bout of anxiety saw me fly home to my parents home where I stayed for about three months while I began my first lot of anti-depressants and my mother nursed me back to health. Since that first diagnosis I have tried to come off the antidepressants twice without success.

 

Six months ago I decided to come off the anti-depressants again. I was feeling great so I thought I can do this thing called life, without them.

 

 The first month was really good, I was the calmest and most chilled I had been in a long time. I was eating well and sleeping well. Unfortunately the calm didn’t last. During the next few months, I started to become more and more frantic and obsessed about my heath. I was also becoming more and more exhausted.

 

 I noticed that during the time I ovulated and before my period, I would go into a deep depression and my self-worth was terrible as well. I went to a psychic and she told me that my adrenals were shot. I knew it wasn’t all in my head so I went and saw a Naturopath to make sure!

 

The Naturopath assured me that my anxiety and depression was not in my head. She recommended I start a clean eating plan and I get some bloods taken. So being the good student that I am, I cut out gluten, dairy and sugar all at once. You know what, I think my body went into complete shock.

 

My body was not getting its daily dose of serotonin from my antidepressants and it wasn’t getting its daily dose of all the carbohydrates and sugar that I loved and consumed regularly. So, the only thing my body could do was to scream out for help by making my mental health oh so much worse.

 

My obsessive thinking and scary thoughts started to get much worse and my anxiety was through the roof. My mind was racing and I wasn’t sleeping.

 

 To say I was in hell would be fairly accurate.

 

Frighteningly it got to the point where I didn’t want to be on this earth anymore. Fortunately, however, I reached out for help and I ended up in hospital.

 

Somewhere between Christmas and my hospitalisation I was able to do a stool specimen (oh yeah I forgot to mention that my bowel pattern was all over the place with diarrhoea after most meals) and a DNA test to see what else was going on in my body. After 4 weeks in hospital and back on my anti-depressants I came home and although I was feeling better, I knew within me that I wasn’t 100 percent.

 

That’s when I got my results back from my Naturopath.

 

The stool specimen showed that I have too many opportunistic bacteria in my gut which is causing me to have a leaky gut. My DNA came back showing that the overall inflammation in my body is high (hello sore back and sore joints, oh and hello inflamed brain), it also showed that I have estrogen dominance (hello crazy pms and sore boobs) and that my liver is not coping at all with any of it.

 

So my gut is in a whole world of misery and I want to find out how I can heal my gut which will in turn help my brain.

 

I’ve recently been listening to a Quirky Journey Podcast with Jo Whitton and Foud Cassard. They share stories about how they have healed their families through something called the GAPS diet.

 

GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome which was discovered by Dr Natasha Mcbride who helped heal her sons Austism through food.

 

 After hearing so many amazing stories about how people have healed through GAPS I bought the book and read it in a couple of days. I am fascinated by how the gut affects the brain and I am hopeful that by healing my own gut lining and decreasing my own bad bacteria (that I have likely had for all of those years) that I may just help my mental health too.

 

I am going to begin the GAPS intro diet in the next week and Im looking forward to documenting the journey.

Music and magic...

This is the story of a beautiful young lady with dreams. Dreams of singing and playing at the Tamworth country music festival with a blue guitar. DREAMS come true if you TRUST yourself and BELIEVE in your abilities.

This is the story of a gorgeous girl turning 21.

My client was the Aunty of this girl and she wanted to create a 21st birthday present to encourage her niece to chase those dreams.

 This is the artwork that was created about that beautiful story.

This is the artwork that was created about that beautiful story.

 This is the beautiful girl in that story and when she received this piece from her Aunty she "...almost cried. It brings me so much happiness." 

This is the beautiful girl in that story and when she received this piece from her Aunty she "...almost cried. It brings me so much happiness." 

Are you looking for a unique and extra special 21st, 40th, 50th, 60th or 70th birthday present to buy for? I would love to create a personalise and unique piece of artwork for someone special in your life! Please get in touch via the contact form and/or book your custom order in today by heading to my online store.

Jess

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Family fun captured through artwork.

I was lucky enough to get an email recently from a lovely client who requested a piece of artwork representing her family and the fun adventure they enjoy together. The client sent through lots of photos and lots of information to work with so I was able to choose significant aspects that I would add to the artwork.

 

 The client and her partner also attend lots of music festivals so I made sure that there was a reference to this in the piece.

The client and her partner also attend lots of music festivals so I made sure that there was a reference to this in the piece.

 This family enjoy lots of time together on their new boat

This family enjoy lots of time together on their new boat

 The family all enjoy fishing although the mother and the youngest tend to stay on dry land as the boat trips tend to last too long for them! The father of this clan has a Scottish heritage so I was pleased to be able to add this aspect in the form of a picnic rug.

The family all enjoy fishing although the mother and the youngest tend to stay on dry land as the boat trips tend to last too long for them! The father of this clan has a Scottish heritage so I was pleased to be able to add this aspect in the form of a picnic rug.

Unfortunately pictures on screens never do paintings justice to what they are like in real life, so I am always relieved when my clients get their artworks in the flesh and I get such wonderful feedback like this..

"The Painting is even more gorgeous in real life. Thank you so much."

If you would like to some special family memories captured in a beautiful and heartfelt keepsake then I would love to hear from you. Together we can work together to make something special that can be treasured for ever.

Jess

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flower essences, the moon and creations of art

I was so excited to start these custom orders recently. The client works with flower essences and moon cycles in her business and wanted some artwork made to go in her office space. Her requests were that she would like her business brand colours used in the pieces and her favourite flowers, the wildflowers were used. The client also requested that the first piece incorporated the new moon and the second the full moon.

I loved creating these whimsical pieces using all the elements that she requested. I also love that they represent a time of inspiration, dreaming and contemplation.

If you have a special piece that you would like for your home or business, I would love to connect with you and create something memorable together. Please get in contact or book your special piece today.

Jess

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Special bonds

 

This is the story of a hearing impaired girl who loves butterflies. This is also the story of the lady who was like a second mother to her during her primary school days. This is the story of how the lady and girl formed such as special bond as one helped the other navigate through primary school life without sound. This is the also the story of how now that girl will be following her dreams and heading into high school without that lady by her side but with the knowledge that their special friendship has made such an impact on both of these women.

I was told this story by the girls actual mother, who wanted to have a keepsake in their lives about this beautiful story.

I was able to create this wonderful story through my artwork.

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After they received their story in art form, I received this feedback…

”We are all so happy, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts for producing such an emotionally charged piece for us.”

If you would like me to tell your story, you can book in to have me create a beautiful and personal artwork just for you.

Jess x