I am a Manitou Springs Colorado based studio artist with a unique set of skills in the area where I feel there are deficiencies in the system for the expressive arts and how we connect with marginalized populations like veterans, women who have suffered from sexual assault, and people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Disabled Female Air Force Veteran Artist and Service Dog named Betsy Boops (ADAA required; she is hypoallergenic, does not shed, has been my service dog for 2 years). Very docile and calm. Clients will have the freedom to interact with Betsy Boops as I believe animals like her are able to heal others, as she has for me.
I have a BFA in studio art, a BA in general psychology and 16 years of formal experience with transition-aged young adults AND older adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. I have also worked for the VA in both Chicago and Oregon as a Peer Support Specialist working with Veterans who were homeless and suffering from mental illness and substance abuse through art.
I was the manager of The Arts of Life (www.artsoflife.org). I highly recommend checking this organization out as it’s where a lot of my philosophies were born.
Finally, I have 16 years of experience in the field of working with folks who have developmental, intellectual, and physical disbilities; two years of experience as a Peer Support Specialist working with Veterans suffering from PTSD and Substance Abuse Disorders; and unfortunately 21 years of exp