Painting pain portraits is a growing phenomenon for many patients in pain.
Websites like Painexhibit.com and Pain-dash-topics.org show the works of many talented artists living with acute and chronic pain syndromes.
PainMedicineNews.com recently interviewed Heather Bolinder a young artist who suffered from insufferable backpain and was bed ridden for nearly a year. She consulted with her doctor who told her to paint her pain as therapy.
Much to Heather’s surprise, this method worked by helping her feel less depressed and getting her back to work. Drugs and physical therapy finished the job by getting rid of her pain. She described her experience saying:
“I have a vision that I will be able to do a traveling show with my work and that a [pain specialist] will come and talk about what pain feels like. For patients, chronic pain is a constant mind journey to, one, not be depressed and two, to continue doing what you love to do. Through my art, I’m able to reach people who are going through the same thing I did. I tell them we’re in this together and it’s so much easier when you have a team.”
Heather started her own website paintingpain.com and now has over 30,000 followers. She continues to paint her pain to this day.