What if there were proof that chronic illness responded positively to the physical action of drawing?
According to the Huffington Post’s recent article, that proof exists:
- “Art filled occupational voids, distracted thoughts of illness”
- “Improved well-being by decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive ones”
- “Improved medical outcomes, trends toward reduced depression”
- “Improvements in flow and spontaneity, expression of grief, positive identity, and social networks.”
In fact, a study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine the act of writing actually impacted the cells inside the patient’s body and improved their immune system. Studies have found a link between painting and the changes in brain wave patterns that can alter hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain.
Margaret Welty, has a passion for integrating the arts into the healing process, understanding the measurably positive effect the physical act of drawing has on chronic illness. Margaret holds a MA in art from Cal State, with post graduate work in Sacramento, and taught art for over 25 years to both adults and children. Margaret created commissioned art for Exxon, Raley’s Corporate Headquarters, Sheraton, Hyatt, San Bernardino County and many others.
Margaret’s interactive presentations are well-received in hospitals, hospice, Cancer support groups, assisted living centers, nursing homes, rehab, etc.
Margaret is available for an hour to a full day presentation to any size group.