My Article in NAMI Voice Newsletter

Bringing Peace and Happiness to the Psych Ward An article which ran in the NAMI Voice newsletter, Spring 2013 As a member of the National Alliance of Mental Illness and lecturer in a psych ward, I introduce a meditation exercise to my groups. I have everyone get comfortable and relaxed and count from toe to … Continue reading

A Favorite Memory

I was painting from a picture of a lady on a swing on a warm springs day. It was a blend of impressionism and realism and I was overcome by the feeling of peace and tranquility as I painted it. It reminded me of all the times I lectured at the psych ward and gave … Continue reading

Vaccines

July 15, 2021, I donated my gold and lavender rose painting and my lavender iris painting and several of my Sherry Goes Sane and Last Miracle for Maria books for a raffle at a Drop-in-Vaccine Center at Providence Willamette Falls Education Center. In support of those struggling with mental health and addiction and for the … Continue reading

Happy Fourth

I wish you a safe 4th of July! Peace, Healing, Recovery, Recognition, and Freedom for everybody and our country.

Juneteenth

A day to turn harmful hurt and pain into Joy! Let’s continue to enjoy this day of freedom and make progress in protecting the voting rights for blacks and for all people. Our respect and dignity isn’t measured by toxic attempts to value our human rights.

Fair Ribbons

I’m so thrilled, I could walk on top of sunshine. My three portraits- For All Who Serve-brought home ribbons from the Multnomah County Modified Fair, Portland, Oregon this Memorial Day Weekend. First place went to my portrait of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg holding the Book of Law and Congressman John Lewis looking out between and … Continue reading

Dancing With the Wind

Yesterday, I voted. Joe and I picnicked with friends, Todd and his daughter, Kylie, at Mt. Scott Community Park. The wind softly blew through the tall viridian green trees and the branches sang and danced with the birds to the music of the sweet nature and the beauty of Spring. We were riding on our … Continue reading

Mother’s Day

It is a sunny wonderful day today. I felt that I was losing my footing. I woke up remembering all the wonderful things that my mother had done for me, like helping me to walk with polio and bringing the source of art into my life. I felt like bursting in tears, sprinting through the … Continue reading

Looking forward to the President’s Address

Releasing the pressure of paranoia, grief, and depression of the last year as I calm my spirits by painting this Rose. I hope that people are able to discover the healing meanings in their projects and art as their projects lead them into unique patterns of imagination for the future.

Tempering the storm

“I want to temper the storm of injustice and to bring passion to those struggling with pain and loss.” Painting of an African American girl by Sherry M. Joiner