Art, Recovery, and the Colors of Courage

"Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world." -Brene Brown

I recently met Emily Rutherford, an amazingly talented and creative soul, on social media. I was so enamored with her inspirational and vibrant recovery art, that I invited her to share some of her work on my blog.  

Emily is a journalism and psychology student at DePaul University. She shared with me that she grew up taking drawing and painting classes, assisting photographers, and studying and creating films. Throughout her journey, her recovery has inspired her to express her experience through watercolor and calligraphy, which are her two favorite mediums. Today she relies heavily on writing, art and yoga to maintain her recovery, and is inspired by poets and writers such as Rupi Kaur, Robert Drake, and Brene Brown, whom she often quotes in her work.

Here's a sampling of Emily's beautiful work. Follow her on Instagram and keep up with her inspirational art. I hope you enjoy the selection of Emily's art posted here. You can also read Emily's guest post on my blog, "Ed, This Is Goodbye."

Thank you, Emily, for gifting the world with your talent!