Making visual art is one of my best coping tools, something I turn to when words aren’t enough. Here are some samples of my published work.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) featured my collage on the cover of their winter 2012 journal issue (above).

An Australian book called Meds for Heads: Your Guide to Psychotropic Drugs by Iain McGregor and Chris Stephenson featured the above photo.

Kids Help Phone used this collage for their gender identity, sexual orientation, and body image game, True Colours.

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  5. Belle

    I’ve just started writing about Mental Health and discovered your blog. I think it’s beautiful. Lovely art too! Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Claire

    Thank you for this. Your work and your blog are so important. I am finally understanding and accepting that I struggle with periods of depression. I am recovering from binge eating disorder and not hurting myself lets me accept my pain. Feel my feelings without judgment. I have been free of my behaviours for a year and a half. What a blessing. People like you give me hope that I can keep going. Even if I still have hard days emotionally, I know I don’t have to hurt myself to escape them.

    1. Erin

      Hi Claire!
      Thanks so much for your comment. I like how you say that “not hurting [your]self lets you accept your pain.” I haven’t thought about my self-harm recovery from that perspective, but it’s totally true for me, too. I’m like, wow, I’m hurting enough emotionally to get confused and want to show it physically, but really my emotions are so true and real and painful enough that I actually need to take care of myself and not cut today. Or binge eat or whatever unsafe compulsion I have at the moment.
      I’m so glad that my blog speaks to you and helps you! It means so much to me.
      Take care!

  7. Tami

    Hi Erin, I recently came across your blog and have found inspiration. I suffer with depression, self injury, eating disorder. I am a survivor of trauma/abuse. The last year I have gotten back to my creative side. Of late, I’m making jewelry. I also love to use Mod Podge. I’m wondering if you have tried paper to metal and if so, how did it go? I’m making a complicated piece for my therapist. My supplies are expensive so it’s hard to do a trial but I’m trying to apply incredibly small pieces of paper to a small piece of metal. In addition, the small pieces of paper spell a word and have specific placement. Ideas as to how this will best work???

    1. Erin

      Hi Tami!

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve suffered from self-harming behaviours and trauma/abuse, but I am happy to hear that getting back to your creative side is something that’s helping you.

      I have limited experience with applying paper to metal, but Mod Podge, as you mention, would be one of my go-to materials for adhering paper to any metal. I also suspect I would need several coats of Mod Podge, maybe with overnight drying time factored in. Since I don’t know what your project is exactly, that’s my best advice! Lately I’ve been consulting the Mod Podge Blog for project help; they seem to be really coming out with some great projects lately. I like to navigate it through their Pinterest page, as it seems a bit faster than the blog itself. I have no idea if it will help you or not but I wanted to share the link.
      Best of luck!

      Take care,


  8. Kristen Price

    I just found your blog, I haven’t read or seen much, but I already love it.
    You are simply amazing, and your art matches! Ahh so wonderful! :D <3

  9. Alyssa

    Thank you so much for all of your suggestions… I thought I was the only one… when medication and therapy doesn’t ever help.

  10. jiji

    all of these visual arts are so beautiful, I can say now that I finally found people who can really understand me I’ve recently realized that I have depression and I know that I’ll overcome this thanks to your help.So thanks

  11. Kiana M

    I LOVE YOUR ART. And the blog. I’ve wanted to blog for a few months now but tonight just felt like the night, I’m really glad I came across your blog. I didn’t even think of adding my art to my soon-to-be blog!!!!! thanks so much.

  12. La Quemada

    Hi Erin, I really enjoy the art you’ve shared here. I’m amazed at how much meaning these collages can convey. I’m curious, do you have a plan when you start them, or do they kind of evolve as you are working?

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