Kathryn Crowley has sustained a lifelong practice. As a writer and visual artist she works at the intersection of arts and health. She believes in creativity and movement as medicines during illness and also as crucial components for keeping one’s inner light shining. Kathryn is a mother, experienced SNA, and a cultural events producer.
When illness caused her chronic pain and other symptoms, Kathryn turned looked to yoga for healing. She was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2009. A slow recovery prompted Kathryn to become a yoga teacher and to support others when her vitality was renewed. Kathryn went on to study the sociology of heath at postgrad level.
As a creative I am constantly inspired by the beauty and colours of our world. love to write. Painting and making mandala relax me, and I work with a fusion of paint, recycled fabrics, collage, and natural materials.
The symbolism of birds narrates a story that is deeply personal and at the same time universal. In the last 7 years I’ve had some vivid dreams about birds. They compliment the themes of hope, recovery, and rejuvenation that are at the heart of my current series of paintings and poems.
Some of the paintings use water-based materials, so there is hardly any drying time between layers. Working in oils is much slower, and the oil paintings on canvas and board won’t be finished until Winter. I am enjoying the process immensely.