Her Company Pure Religion Ministries Inc. Provides Services for Disadvantaged Women
Yvette Renee Johnson is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur who believes “artistic expression is a vehicle of healing for the troubled soul.” Her personal blog, “Selah Soul” is comprised of creative writing and devotions and her art blog “Artistic Expressions” is comprised of articles about faith, community, and the arts. She exhibits her bold and colorful artwork at various galleries in Wilmington, Delaware. As you read her heartfelt and inspirational story you’ll discover a loving woman who is passionate about faith, artistic healing, and helping women reach their potential. To learn more about her and her creative endeavors please visit her website http://www.YvetteReneeJohnson.com.
Yvette Renee Johnson’s Story
My art healing story began six years ago when I was sitting in an outpatient clinic attending group therapy sessions following my attempted suicide. I had just been divorced by the man I thought was the love of my life, was living in my mother’s basement, had a college degree but no job, no savings, and little hope for the future. One day the group therapy session actually became interesting. The therapist suggested that each of us explore ways we could have fun and/or express ourselves in a healthy manner instead of using a self-destructive coping mechanism.
Growing up I had always been a writer but felt that I had lost my voice a long time ago. I could no longer articulate my thoughts and my feelings overwhelmed me too much to try to find the words. That same afternoon I drove to the art supply store and stood in the aisles for several hours before going home to paint into the night.
Art healed me, art saved me. Art made me who I am today.
That evening I no longer felt empty or invisible and after weeks of barely leaving my room and not sharing my experiences in group therapy, my journey from brokenness to wholeness began. I had re-discovered my voice. Art healed me, art saved me. Art made me who I am today.
These days instead of hiding from the curious eyes of strangers, I put my past struggles on display. I show my abstract, expression and mixed media art in various galleries in my hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. I also own a small business that facilitates the artistic, healing discovery process for other women.
As I facilitate the creative discovery process for other women,
the purpose of my past pain is fulfilled.
My company, Pure Religion Ministries, Inc, has a program that provides disadvantaged women with free instruction in life and business skills via holistic, creative, and visual arts workshops. Activities include painting, product design, and crafts. In addition to offering coaching and consulting services, the company also donates 10% of the net profits of its all natural, handmade bath & beauty product line to a Wilmington nonprofit that meets the spiritual, social, and physical needs of the City’s homeless population.
As busy as my life has become I still go on creative binges and sit in my apartment at four o’clock in the morning, staring at a blank canvas and then using the paint to expunge my emotions. This time around it is a pleasant experience. Freeing. As I facilitate the creative discovery process for other women, the purpose of my past pain is fulfilled.
Visit Yvette Renee Johnson website http://www.YvetteReneeJohnson.com