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Vincent Van Gogh: Tortured Talent and Suspected Sufferer

Cheryl Ravey

Cheryl is our Undercover Superstar, as she manages the entire production of our monthly eMagazine we call Home Cures That Work, our blog and our social media accounts. She recently married and moved from Chicago to the Sunshine State, where she enjoys kayaking, camping and scuba diving with her husband. Cheryl also loves to bake, run, do mission work and travel.

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  2. Cathy Read

    I am a Fine Artist artist, Photographer, and Craftsman, who also dables in Music and invention. At first I felt outcast because of my creativity and inventiveness, since I use these to cope with my life. Others move through life it seems at times so easily.I have found relief from mania and depression in artistic expression, currently handpainting ceramic tiles. This makes things easier for me.
    Through my art I associate with others who appreciate art in it’s many forms. I enjoy painting animals and natural motifs, particularly tees , often thru commision. The chemistry of ceramics and the craft involved in ceramic art, give my life meaning. Every day I am learning new techniques with color and dipictions of life.
    I am a retired photographer and keep a journal and sketechbook of my ideas, allowing me to captue the mood swings I have and visit them later with objectivity. I then explore creatively with discipline, the thought processes I have had. This brings meaning and purpose to my life. I draw using my photography and sometimes live models, creating a social net work.
    As a very very shy,.laden with bi-polar, patient, I often feel ostrasized. I am epileptic. The bi-polar everyday stresses of life give me seizures. With my neurolical and now highly diebetic life,
    I keep up mostly with creatively talented friends who support me and enrich my life. With the greatly appreciated company of my two cats and good specialists, I keep stablilized.
    Although I’m always learning to be social, I don’t participate in general socializing activities much. I work alot with the creativty God has given me in my own and an open Studio. So I try, with difficulty sometimes, expressing myself to others.
    I am beginning, with the help of God and Gentle Yoga , to get a grasp of the physical universe and always re-accuring social chalenges/ pressures of my life. With my neurolical and now highly diebetic life, it seems I lead a stressfull rigorous schedule of doctors. I find art and creative expression relaxing and gratifying .
    I have, within the past year, learned a clean lifestyle and enjoy aspects of my personality unfettered by many tranquilizers and neurological/ psychological drugs. The ability to live this lifestyle was hard won and I find myself gratefull to all who have supported me through this journey.
    Thank-you for providing me and others this space to express ourselves.
    If you are so inclined and care to can see my work, you can find it at the website:

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