Diane Fleisch Hughes is an Art Therapist / Counselor and multi media figurative artist based in Cleveland, Ohio.
Photos from residency at the New York Studio School summer drawing marathon.
Photos from residency at Wildacres Retreat, North Carolina
During COVID-19, I have found myself navigating challenging changes to my therapy work. Like everyone else out there dealing with change, fear, and isolation, I have had to change how I meet my clients, whom I now see remotely, using telehealth. It is different but doable, for myself and for most of my clients. Of course, new feelings of isolation, financial concerns, fear for self and loved ones are now the new concern.
I am creating "response art" which is artwork created by art therapists in response to material that arises in their therapy work. Art therapists use response art to contain difficult material, express and examine their own experiences, and share their experiences with others. I have found that mixed media collage is immediate and intuitive which for me, best describes how I am going forward with 2020.