Jackie lives with chronic depression and PTSD and uses her art as a way to create peacefulness for herself and express her inner experience when words often cannot. Though she has been creating art for 30 years, Jackie never acknowledged her talent until recently joining art groups at Thresholds, a community-based mental health agency in Chicago.
Jackie reports, “being able to access these services has saved my life.” The art groups at Thresholds are one of the only places she feels truly safe and able to connect with others who she feels care about her. “Painting is a big release in my depression, it helps me to be more motivated in life, to feel less depressed or more peaceful. My past has been full of trauma. Art is a way to release a lot of that and find more peace within myself. It gives a place to think of that is beautiful instead of all the horror from the past. Through my art I am able to transform darkness into beauty.”
Jackie often creates nature scenes from memory about places where she has felt happy or safe and that are calming and peaceful to her. She hopes that others can experience peacefulness through viewing her art. “I want to make someone happy with my paintings or feel relaxed. It is my hope that if my art is hanging in someone’s home, that it can help them feel calm or reconnected to nature after a stressful day.”read more
Prints by Jackie Calabrese
Posters by Jackie Calabrese
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