liz reilly art

Over 2 years ago I was in a deep and dangerous place and my life was at the point of self-destruction. For over 25 years of my life I had an addiction and I had never addressed the problem. I had to deal with my addiction! I started accepting help from a variety of services available to me. I attended many meetings and therapy and slowly started turning my life around, accepting the past and moving on. During this time I started attending an Art Group.

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It was a great place to meet new friends, a place of safety. It helped me build my confidence and introduced me back to an old hobby of mine ...Art! So over time a few like minded people including myself developed and established a Registered Charitable Organization. Our group outreached into the community delivering educational workshops. The group now has 3 outreach workshops and we published our first art calendar this year. I was a trustee and secretary until recently as I resigned to carry on with my own journey.

 

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I’ve used art as a great tool in my recovery & have reaped the benefits not only to my well being but to my lifestyle too!

In 2 years I have exhibited 2 times, had artwork published in a recovery book, over 2,500 copies of artwork printed as well as selling 7 commissions - I am busy working more. I have just graduated from college with a diploma in The Steps To Excellence and have enrolled in a Physcology SQA Course for next year.

 

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I always say to people “Over 2 years ago I couldn’t even pick up a pencil never mind draw so anything is possible. I love to inspire people and when I do “Its priceless”

Moving on I’ve just set up my own art page on Facebook, Blossom and Develop as I want to share my art with everyone.

I’m currently outreaching to another group as a paid worker and will continue with this. This year I’m working hard on my own portfolio. I will set up a business in January and have also a future contract with a local retail outlet wanting to sell my artwork. My goal is to set up my own establishment being an activist promoting art as a great tool for recovery.

 

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Nobody ever said to me it was going to be easy, but it is possible and I hope you enjoy the artwork I have included.

 

Liz Reilly

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  1. Congratulations, Liz! What a wonderful and inspiring story. You're artwork is beautiful. Wishing you much success in the future.

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  2. Congratulations!!! Thanks for sharing with us your inspiring story. Keep doing what you're doing and start counting your blessings Liz. Your work is beautiful!!!

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  3. Congratulations!!! Thanks for sharing with us your inspiring story. Keep doing what you're doing and start counting your blessings Liz. Your work is beautiful!!!

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  4. Liz, thank you for your inspiration! I, too, am an artist sharing my recovery and my passion for art. My art is themed either "Gifts in Recovery" or "Hawai'i Art" at www.DeesignsByHarris.com. I'm excited to check out your site. Good luck and stay passionate! Dee.

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