Chelsea O'Neil Karcher - September 2018

September 1 - 30, 2018

Artist Statement:

As an artist and art therapist, I use my creativity as a tool for communication and self-care. I believe in the healing power of art and am committed to bringing more beauty and joy into the world through human connection as well as color, form, and imagination. ​

The forms that emerge ​on the mirror natural elements like water and earth, ​or hold sweeping landscapes ​and moving bodies or forms that invite the viewer into an imaginal realm of story and possibility. ​As the viewer engages with the abstract images on the page different stories, symbols, and feelings emerge and conversation and connection.

My creative process is spontaneous, divinely guided, and spiritually attuned to incorporate energy, light, prayer, ritual, and movement. As a queer woman I find inspiration in the strength, beauty, and bold authenticity of my community as well as the divine feminine.


Chelsea received her MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology:Art Therapy from Naropa University and a BA in Art and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. She is a practicing art therapist at the Center for Community Healing, LLC where she provides counseling for LGBTQ people and their loved ones. Art Therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem, self-awareness, and achieve insight. Art is Chelsea's primary outlet and she strives to create safe spaces for others to explore creativity as a tool for wellness and self-expression.