Journal an outlet for struggling teenagers
A Geraldton artist is planning and designing a creative outlet for struggling teens.
Melissa Anne says is creating a journal tailored for victims of bullying and those wrestling with mental health issues.
Ms Anne admits she is not a qualified counsellor, psychiatrist or psychologist, but says her personal experience with depression and motherhood gave her the idea.
“I’m an artist who also suffers from depression and I’m also a mother of two teenagers that I have watched fight against bullying, anxiety, the pressures of high school and trying to find their place and discover who they are,” Ms Anne said.
“The concept for this journal was originally started to help them and I soon realised it was also helping me, so I could see the benefits and wanted to develop it further to help others.”
Ms Anne has jumped in and out of art all her life, but after starting a diploma in visual arts in 2014, she decided to commit full-time.
The history enthusiast says she dabbles in a variety of art forms, but her main focus is hyperrealistic portraiture.
“I’m a bit of a history geek in some ways, but I’ve always been intrigued by historical portrait photographs and what that person may have been thinking at the time those memories were captured,” she said. “This is where my passion for drawing portraits derives from.
“The emotions and intrigue you can emulate to a viewer can be so diverse.”
Ms Anne said she was hopeful her journal would help struggling people take the first step in seeking help.
“Think of it as an art journal, wreck-it journal, written journal, inspirational creative hub, colouring book for adults and more, all in one,” she said.
Ms Anne previously participated in art exhibitions in Perth and said she would love to get more involved in Mid West events.
Geraldton artist Melissa Anne is creating a journal tailored for victims of bullying.