WELCOME TO VANESSA VELEZ
Hiya! I’m Vanessa! I am That I Am, a daughter, sister, friend and a psychiatry resident artist inspired by nature, people, travel, relationships, connection and Divine Source/Universe/God (insert whichever word you best relate to or not :)!
I started to nurture my creativity seed in middle school and then began to water it again after college, while I mentored and tutored middle school students. After mentoring for a year, I found art's complementary color, psychiatry, in medical school!
Both art and psychiatry share abstraction, the unknown, and the unexplored. Both reside along the frontier of color and of the mind. Both can help align the mind, body, and soul. Through the practice of art, we begin to unite with our true nature and to unidentify with our bodies and thoughts. Through the expression of mood states, experiences and life, we can dive deeper into our subconscious, give it form and color, and enter a meditative space. This space is one of being, embodying our wholeness, and connecting with our Divine Intelligence.
With this time on Earth, I would like to find joy and pleasantness within myself and to live bravely. I would also like to support integrative and creative modalities in psychiatry such as art!
"I fight pain, anxiety, and fear every day, and the only method I have found that relieves my illness is to keep creating art. I followed the thread of art and somehow discovered a path that would allow me to live."
“At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity.”
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
"The artist's mission is to make the soul perceptible. Our scientific, materialist culture trains us to develop the eyes of outer perception. Visionary art encourages the development of our inner sight. To find the visionary realm, we use the intuitive inner eye: The eye of contemplation; the eye of the soul. All the inspiring ideas we have as artists originate here."
"Colour is the key. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically. ”
"When it is working, you completely go into another place, you're tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That's what it's all about."
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for.”
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."
“Offer your body to the realm of mystery and receive the gift of instinct. Offer your heart to the realm of darkness and receive the gift of intimacy. Offer your mind to the realm of chaos and receive the gift of intention. Offer your soul to the realm of unity and receive the gift of integrity. Offer your spirit to the realm of destiny and receive the gift of inspiration.”
— Gabrielle Roth