Combining intense exercise and landscape painting to create peace and wellness. Yours truly quoted on last page of article:
"There are even examples of art therapy working outside scientific or even clinical studies. Artist and author Bruce Katlin had been searching for a solution to anxiety and depression for years when he says he came across something unique. “I found that by combining high-intensity, high-altitude trail running and landscape painting, my passion and pragmatic thinking became linked on a subconscious level, creating the perfect triple-decker sandwich of mind, body, and soul,” Katlin says. He claims creative performance and divergent thinking have been intertwined and even enhanced, but whatever spiritual or emotional dimension is involved, Katlin’s anxiety and depression levels have reduced dramatically.
That art changes the structure of the brain is beyond debate. We understand that human cultural and emotional artifacts do just that. The question is how well we can direct and measure it to provide responsible therapy that changes real people’s lives. The answer is now emerging, but it will take research, collaboration, and a whole lot of art supplies." Read the entire article here.