Barbi Thomer Niblick, Featured Artist
Artist Locale: Fountain Hills, AZ, USA
Style of work: Contemporary
Subject matter: Abstracts
Each painting I create is a story of triumph. Using my hands to feel the paint as it moves on the canvas, the bipolar 2 symptoms that are constantly cycling within me are eased. My pieces often start out “ugly” while I’m working during a depressed state. However, they are transformed into a collection of vibrant, colorful and energetic pieces as I layer paint throughout the cycle and end when I’m through the depression and feeling positive again. After learning of this bipolar 2 diagnosis and taking some time to self-reflect, I determined the focus in my work has always been to cope with those symptoms even though I didn’t realize it at the time. When a collector adds one of these to their personal collection, they are getting so much more than a pretty picture - they are getting a piece of my soul. These pieces are created as a way to spread awareness of mental health disorders while helping to destigmatize them.