Karen finds the art of recovery
CART has inspired and encouraged Karen Stott to seek better things.
The Banora Point woman began her artwork at a low point in her life ? she was in hospital with a mental illness, struggling to cope.
That was five years ago.
Ms Stott is now exhibiting her artwork ? which shows the different stages of her recovery ? in a solo exhibition at Robina Art Gallery as part of Schizophrenia Week.
"I don't do my art for commercial reasons, it is purely for self expression and is therapy for me," she said.
"Others have been inspired to find their own creativity to help themselves ? there are no special guidelines for this art form."
Ms Stott said art for art therapy set these types of exhibitions apart from mainstream exhibits.
"These pieces are diverse in media and subject matter. I have no formal art training and sometimes there's no hidden meaning in the piece of art other than to inspire the beauty within," she said.
"I admit to others that sometimes I still get in a hole and art therapy can be a way to explain that blocked feeling ? the hole gets shallower every time now just by experiencing it."
Ms Stott said she had sold six of the 17 pieces in her exhibition which she took as a huge compliment.
"To think someone else has connected with my work is a compliment and I hope to be fortunate enough to pursue my art full-time someday."