Gateway Arts artist Ruby Pearl was recently highlighted in the National Council for Behavioral Health’s #ArtinMind. The project was developed to promote awareness, fight prejudice, and celebrate the artistic accomplishments people with psychiatric conditions and substance misuse make.
“We created #ArtInMind to build awareness of mental health and addiction,” writes the National Council. “To give people with lived experience an outlet for their creativity. And to recognize their strength. By sharing the artwork and stories of artists who are living with, or have experienced, a mental health or substance use challenge, we will stamp out stigma together.”
The blog post highlighted some of Ruby’s paintings along with her biography. Ruby is a self-taught artist who paints the worlds she would like to inhabit. For Ruby, art is like breathing. “Each stroke of my brush not only validates who I am from the darkness of my childhood, but also celebrates who I’ve become. I’ve finally been loved—loved by myself,” says Ruby.
At Gateway Arts, Ruby has found calmness, solitude, and recognition for her art. Her pieces have been widely exhibited and admired in her community and across the world.
You can learn more about Ruby and her work and the #ArtInMind project here.