Artist reveals she is a 'survivor'

ART: Jess Crawford stands beside her acrylic work Magic and Healing in the new studio at her home, in Brandis Street, Crystal Brook. The gallery features 30 pieces by the mother-of-two and former nurse.
ART: Jess Crawford stands beside her acrylic work Magic and Healing in the new studio at her home, in Brandis Street, Crystal Brook. The gallery features 30 pieces by the mother-of-two and former nurse.

Artist Jess Crawford considers herself to be a "work in progress".

The Crystal Brook resident opened her new studio, in Brandis Street, with an event attended by about 25 guests.

Her promotional leaflet says: "I am also a survivor.

"Not all that long ago, I didn't want to be on this earth any more. I had tried to wean off my anti-depressants, but did so with little knowledge about how, how long it would take and how the health of my whole body impacted my mental state.

"I crashed to the bottom of a dark ravine. But I began to claw my way back up and along the way have learnt so much more about the world of mental and holistic health.

"Along my journey, I get out my painting tools to create something bright and inspiring.

"In the meantime, if I can make the journey easier for you, then I feel blessed. "Are you ready to put on your hiking gear?"

Jess showed her amazing artistic skills including acrylic abstracts and her trademark wide-eyed girls who peered from just about every corner of the studio. Bravo, Jess.

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