On September 11, 2004 I was in a car accident, my life was forever changed. I received a closed head injury, my traumatic brain injury. The left side of my brain was severely damaged. The right side of my brain is the less damaged part and very vital part of my Art. It is the parts of the brain were our artist side of our nature lives. I see the world using mainly the right side of my brain. I see patterns where before I saw nothing. Painting is now one of my joys in life. I use my Art as Therapy. Having come within one breath of death, I love to paint people. I want to show life and capture a moment in the lifetime of the people I paint and to be able to preserve it for all time. We have only one life, I chose to celebrate living and to paint life.
The one place I find my subjects to paint is Wilderness Endeavor the adult camp of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois. For the past 4 years I have done 2 paintings a year highlighting Wilderness Endeavor and give them to the Brain Injury Association of Illinois. I start by viewing the photos I take at camp each year to fine the two which I must turn into a painting. To be turn into a painting the subject must first of all be one I have not done in the past. This helps highlight the many actives the camp offers it campers every year. I then give the paintings to the Brain Injury Association of Illinois to help promote the camp Wilderness Endeavor. One looking at my Wilderness Endeavor Painting can see the growth I have accomplished as an Artist using Art as Therapy.
I live in Canton Illinois; I am a member of the Fulton County Art Council, Brain Injury Association of Illinois, Peoria Illinois Brain Injury Group, and the Fulton County Brain Injury Support Group. I have Written and Illustrated a children’s book title Grandpa’s Brain is Broken, which tells my story as seen in through the eyes of my Grandson. The Fulton County Arts Council in 2010 did a “featured artist” show title “Art as Therapy: The Healing of Stephan Love” with 30 of my painting. The show also had an educational display dealing with Brain Injury and the local support groups the Fulton County Brain Injury Support Group and Peoria’s Brain Injury Group. My Art has open up a way for me to be able to educate other about Brain Injury. My story has been highlighted in the Peoria Illinois Magazine art & society, the quarterly newsletter of Olivet Nazarene University the Olivetian. I have been feature on News program in the Peoria Illinois media.
I have made my paintings into an online Jigsaw Puzzle Galley to help with ones Cognition Thinking Skills. It can be found at…
Jigsaw Puzzle Gallery S. C. Love’s Art
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