By Nicole Hamilton
"This painting is called 'Flourish.' It is the story of a butterfly and a piece of thread that sometimes holds her steady on earth, and sometimes holds her back from soaring to new heights. It is equally a lifeline and a tie that binds. We all have things that support us and difficulties that restrict us. The connections we make through different relationships are what can help us truly flourish. Through my painting, I have found a way to help me feel connected to life. I believe this feeling of connection is vital to our mental health, and art is one way to find strong, supportive and beautiful relationships in our lives.
"I feel a better connection to myself when I paint or draw. Art is an emotional outlet for me and helps me process some of the issues I deal with in my life. Another wonderful connection art gives me is a way to interact with others. It starts a dialogue that helps me communicate with a community that often supports and nourishes me. This can be taken to an even bigger idea of how art gives me a feeling of being part of something beyond all of us. When I paint, I get lost in the process and am not aware of time or my surroundings. I am in the flow of life and honoring my purpose. I hope my art inspires others to follow their passions and pursue what connects them to a life where they can flourish."
To learn more about Nicole, or to view her artwork, visit her website. You can also follow Nicole on Instagram (@nicolehamiltonart) and on Facebook (Nicole Hamilton Art).