Here’s a sample of my own artwork.


This illustration attempts to describe the process of re-experiencing past memories that have been triggered by a recent Crohn's attack.


Drawn in March 2008. I had gone almost 6 months without the medications I normally take for Crohn's disease because I was waiting for my insurance at my job to kick in.

Dolores Park on a Summer Day (2008)

Just as the title implies...

I Wish I Knew (2008)

A time when I was feeling a little down and lost.

Don't bite your nails (2007)

I created this piece when I first began working at Redwood Place. This was my first job after graduating.

Past Present & Future (2007)

This piece was made shortly after moving to San Francisco. This is both an experiment with fiber arts and my attempt at imagining what is to come.

Possibilities (2007)

This piece was created after I had finished my thesis and one month before I moved to San Francisco.

Free Association (2006-2007)

This piece was created to display the process of free association.

Untitled Llama (2007)

I began this piece with no thoughts in mind except that I wanted to explore the possibility of using wool and fiber in artwork.

Groups (2006)

This piece relates to how I perceive the process of group art psychotherapy. Although there always multiple happenings within the group, the therapist and the clients are only capable of sustaining their attention on a finite amount of the process.

Reactions (2006-2007)

This series is made up of drawings created while interning with eating disorder patients.

Memory (2005)

This piece was made as a way to pay homage to my grandmother, who at the time, was exhibiting the beginning signs of dementia. <br /> <br /> In this piece, I have included pictures from her photo album and incorporated them to the sides of 27 wooden blocks. Together, the 27 blocks make a three dimensional square. However, the blocks have been separated. Some are placed together forming a portion of the square, and others are separate from the would-be square. <br /> <br /> The blocks that are kept separate from the would-be square are meant to represent the seemingly random losses of memory that accompany dementia.

Remembering Riopelle (2005)

This painting was inspired by a Quebecois artist, Jean-Paul Riopelle.

World View (2004)

This piece is based upon Maslow's hierarchy of needs; the bottom being physical needs such as food, water and rest. In this piece I attempt to make sense of how I relate to the world since my physical needs are often compromised due to Crohn's disease. Total size: 5'x6'

Self Portrait (2001)

This series was created after a long term hospitalization and operation due to Crohn's disease.

8 Replies to “Artwork”

  1. Hi Elizabeth!

    I’m Tamsin, a counselling psychologist from India. Expressive therapy has always been an interest of mine and in 2 weeks, I will be presenting a paper on Art Therapy as a cathartic solution for infertile couples. I would really like to get in touch with you via email at least and interview you, if that’s okay with you. Cause we don’y have any therapists over here and I’d really like to get an experts view.

    Please revert back to me.

    Thank you!


    – Tamsin.


  2. I am an inspiring Art Therapist. I would just like to express my shock at what people are capable of creating, being artist has nothing to do when it comes to expression.This peice of work has a story in which you capture very well. Amazing!

  3. Hi,
    By seen your art,e.g I Wish i knew. (2008). It just make me to think again what do i do, i mean in my art work. Sometimes i do feel lost out but through Art Therapy, i can move foward.
    Good job.

  4. Hi Liz,
    I have been studying and practicing expressive art and art therapy and I have Crohns. Due to a recent flare up I had to take a leave of absence from school. I am able to write a paper so I am developing a art therapy group (on paper to start) for people with Chronic illness like Crohns. I have a lot of ideas since I have had this for a while but if you found anything that works well for you I would love to hear about it. I really like what you have done and shown here. Thanks for sharing

  5. Thanks Ann Marie! What works for me is keeping my stress levels down by making art and expressing myself. Good luck!

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