Monica Stevens' Profile

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I was born in Georgia, and my love of pretty much all art forms, including theatre, music, dance, and the visual arts was nurtured by many influences and mentors. My family sang gospel music, including singing at The Billy Graham Crusade in 1995, and I was informally taught by many teachers of different sorts that being creative may not be the most popular or traditional of gifts, but it is one to be honed. In Sunday in the Park with George, Stephen Sondheim wrote, "Art isn't easy". I have always understood that "starving artist" is a natural combination of words. The word "artist" usually doesn't appear without the word "starving" before it.

I am lucky, then, that my career as a licensed marriage and family therapist, who primarily works with children, adolescents, and families, intersects so well with painting. I am fascinated with psychodrama, play therapy, and any creative…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 5
  • Joined July 8, 2008

Favorite materials

india ink, acrylics, oil pastels, spray paint, sea sponges, sanding sponges, brushes, water mixable oils, water mixable oil pastels, pastel paper, craft paper, palette knives, my hands and fingers

About

I was born in Georgia, and my love of pretty much all art forms, including theatre, music, dance, and the visual arts was nurtured by many influences and mentors. My family sang gospel music, including singing at The Billy Graham Crusade in 1995, and I was informally taught by many teachers of different sorts that being creative may not be the most popular or traditional of gifts, but it is one to be honed. In Sunday in the Park with George, Stephen Sondheim wrote, "Art isn't easy". I have always understood that "starving artist" is a natural combination of words. The word "artist" usually doesn't appear without the word "starving" before it.

I am lucky, then, that my career as a licensed marriage and family therapist, who primarily works with children, adolescents, and families, intersects so well with painting. I am fascinated with psychodrama, play therapy, and any creative intervention that can allow a person in therapy to see something greater, deeper, and more symbolic than they may have otherwise taken for granted or simply not noticed. Everyone is creative and has the ability to see more. It is a gift when we can recognize that in ourselves and in others.

There are words that have been driven to the point of cliche when describing art: process, inspiration, expression, catharsis. The subversion of these concepts helps drive my work, but usually in an unconscious manner. Simpsons character Cletus Spuckler said it best when he said, "I whittles what I sees." Well, I paint what I see, both internally and externally, and this uninhibited sensibility is sustaining.

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