My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and story telling…by Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

At the beginning of 2007, I decided to return to a childhood love of painting, photo art making and story telling/creative writing.  This decision came about when I really needed to devote myself to an activity that could help me de-stress, relax and wind down from many years of stressfulness during my career and the demands of daily family life.  I was just going to take some time out for 12 months and then go back to work.  Little did I know at that time, that painting, digital photo art making and story telling/creative writing, would end up being a form of therapy. That it would help me work through a quagmire of grief and despair.


Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist in Home Studio 2014 painting - No. 58 Title 'A State of Mind' Dec 2014 NB All images are protected by copyright laws.JPG

Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist in Home Studio 2014 painting – No. 58 Title ‘A State of Mind’ Dec 2014 NB All images are protected by copyright laws.JPG


November 2008, my husband was diagnosed with Lymphoma and I became his carer during the twelve month period of his chemotherapy and recovery process.  On the 5th November 2009, just twelve months on, our 25-year-old son was killed in a single vehicle car crash.  I poured all my effects into painting and digital photo art making (found in Portfolio tabs).  When I look back over my paintings and re-read the accompanying stories, I realise now, that I was using painting to work through a torrid of emotions.  Art therapy saved me… As you go through each of my paintings you will see an accompanying story which helps illuminate each painting’s source of inspiration.  This process of painting and writing the corresponding story became a very powerful tool to express emotions and feelings that were too hard to say out loud.



Details in relation to the Video – Transport Accident Commission (TAC) CLIENT VIDEO:  Featuring Karen Robinson talking about using ‘art for therapy’ for TAC’s 2011 ‘Picture This’ Exhibition.  It is “now in its fifth year and provides people who have been affected by road trauma to use artistic expression, whether it is drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography or textiles, to share their experiences.  The exhibitions showcase artwork by people who have either taken up art since being involved in a  transport accident, or who were artists before their accident“. TAC (2013). Client art exhibition – Picture This 2013. Retrieved from http://www.tac.vic.gov.au/claims/client-zone/client-art-exhibition

I am hoping that by sharing my art therapy journey and my creative writing efforts, will inspire others, to take up art therapy and creative writing to find their voice – in order to be able to move forward in most difficult of times.  Art and story telling/creative writing has brought me now to a much better place, where I find myself being able to seek joy in each day.  As an ongoing process, I will be blogging about my art therapy journey “moving forward” and expand on how others have used/are using art therapy to assist physical and emotional well-being.  I hope you will join me!

July, 2014 I had the good fortune to have had the opportunity to be interviewed by Casey Webb – Jung Katz – Blog for Artists.  It was a wonderful way of being able to share with others my ‘art for therapy’ story – please click here to read “Artist Interview: Karen Robinson – Abstract Painter”.


Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist working in Home Studio June 2014 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist working in Home Studio June 2014 NB All images are protected by copyright laws


NB:  Please find within the below slide-show some of my abstract painting favourites!  You can find a complete overview of my paintings and their stories by clicking on the drop down tab called  “Abstract Painting Portfolio”.  I hope that when you go through my gallery, you can take the time to also read some of my painting stories.  For me the painting story is just as important as the painting its self.  The act of painting and painting story writing has become an important part of my art therapy journey.


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My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and story telling…by Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

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  1. Karen – you are such an inspiration in raising awareness to the affects of road trauma and the ripple effect. Your art is stunning, the colors and shapes just reach out and talk to you in a way that is so touching. Love your work – thank you for sharing.

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    • Gillian, it is so good to hear a voice that I know in person. We share and understand the impact of road trauma. The impact it can have on loved ones, family, friends and the wider community. I so much appreciated your comments and your support over the years that we have been involved with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria…thank you…Karen


  2. Hi Karen,
    Very moved by your blog and courage. It will take me awhile to go through it and as you know, I am in the middle of my own adventure of how to start a business of my own and it is overwhelming in terms of time, decisions, etc. Am honored that you would notice my art and comment on it when I am just beginning. Thank you. What a lovely way to fill the space of your beautiful child — and share that with others. Love your video. I took your link to my facebook page so that others can see it as well. My facebook page is: artdog artwork. Warmest regards, Christina

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    • Hi Christina,
      Thank you for taking the time to write these very thoughtful words. I wish you all the very best in your new business adventure. It is good to know that people are watching the video, it helps explain better my blogging. Sorry, but I tried to find your facebook page, but had no luck, can you send a link for it? Much appreciation and with thanks….Karen


      • Morning Karen. You appeared on my FB, so imagine you found it at the bottom of the blog. Must figure out how to put it at the top. ha. Indeed, your video is excellent. Untll later, best, Christina

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      • Yes…Christina…and thanks for the reply…I too would like to put facebook at the top, so when you find out how to do it…please share…warm regards…Karen PS: Keep me abreast on how you go with your business adventure!


  3. I just watched the video Karen and wanted to let you know how very commendable I think your project is, and in particular your encouragement and support for others.

    With gratitude and respect, Hariod Brawn.

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    • Thank you for taking the time to view and really appreciate your feedback. My ‘art for therapy’ journey has made it easier to share with others, in the hope that by sharing, others can be spared some of the grief and trauma our family has experienced from the loss of our beloved son. And/or by sharing will help others understand better, how art can be an amazing healing tool. It has been nearly five years since my son’s death and we are at a better place in our lives now – with thanks. I seek to find joy in every day and reading your generous comments has brought me joy into this day…thank you Hariod.


      • I wish you and your family well Karen. Keep creating; it’s a wonderful gift to others and a powerful benefaction in memory of your son.

        Once again, with gratitude and respect, Hariod.

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  4. I love your work and truly believe in the healing power of creating art. My son was very sick a year ago and there were times we did not think he would pull through. I can’t imagine what you went through after losing your son. I am so grateful that art can help with the healing process and so glad I decided to play in the paint again.

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    • Thank you so much for such a lovely response and I am hoping the your son is well again. What you say about “play in the paint again” sounds like you have found art as something that brings you joy – and art for therapy has brought me to a point where I too look for joy in everyday…warm regards…Karen


    • Thank you for your comment and you are right about creativity being very therapeutic. It’s just so good for the soul. I can really relate to what you stated about “bust through your hands” – it can take you by surprise! The more I learn about what others are doing creatively, the greater my understanding about how important it can serve our wellbeing and when shared can be life changing….Karen Robinson


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