Valerie grew up in London and moved to Australia in 2001. Valerie’s hobbies include music and singing. Despite living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder, Valarie is extremely motivated and enjoys giving back to her community by facilitating a Women’s Support Group in Melton as well as a Singing Group at a local aged care facility. Valerie said that sometimes her condition can feel overwhelming, which makes her want to run away and hide. In order to get through this, she turns to her creative hobbies as a coping method which she finds to be a great constructive distraction.
Valerie’s artwork shown below was created with pouring paint. The artwork is an abstract piece using a method called “fluid art” or “pouring”. The meaning of the artwork is associated with the feeling of completing it. This method of creating art is very satisfying for Valerie and is also a very good technique for mindfulness which helps Valerie ground herself and reduce symptoms of her anxiety and Borderline Personality Disorder. Valerie enjoys experimenting with different colours and seeing the affect they create on the canvas.