Expressing the Healing Effects of Love Through Art

Long before I was a writer, I was an artist. Back when I still struggled with words, I used art to express myself.

I have all these full-to-the-brim drawing diaries and notebooks from the time I was about six years old. I was very shy about my art for most of that time because I was used to being told my art was a waste of time and getting in trouble for drawing outside of art class.

That was until I started sharing my drawings online in high school. It was the first time I really got encouragement and affirmation for my work, finding a sense of belonging in connecting with like-minded artists and creators. It was very much thanks to them that I moved past that discouragement and pursued a degree in fine arts, opening even more doors to do what I love.

“Love Line” by Ana

When I started my healing journey from abuse, I realized pretty quickly that I needed healing thoughts to replace the ones that still hurt me. I started to make art to do just that, drawing from words I’ve heard and found that lift my spirit. “Love Line” is one of the results of this effort that I keep near my bed. It’s one of the first and last things I see each day. It reminds me that I’m not alone, and there’s still good in the world.

“Showered with Love” by Ana

In sharing love with people, I felt this happy desire to thank them, to show them what their love has done for me. I wanted to spread the healing effects of love, its power to wash away past shame and hurt to uncover the truth of everyone’s lovableness. “Showered with Love” was a submission to an art contest the theme of which was love. I dedicated it to my friends who have supported me through tough times.

There are many reasons why I keep making art to this day. I get to share what I love in life, like nature and video games. I use it to manage and make sense of my innermost thoughts and emotions. I use it to raise awareness about things like abuse and mental health. (And on that note, I make art because it’s something I know I’m actually good at!) Above all, art makes me and others happy and offers a way to make someone feel loved just by looking at it.

Anastasia

is a daytime worker and nighttime artist who loves the simple things. She draws and writes to make sense of all the hurt in the world, hoping to offer healing and understanding for anyone who follows her journey. I believe in love because it breathes life into everything.
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