I'm excited to share the fantastic creative space and insights of Art Therapist and fine artist Theresa Adamchik, a dear friend from my grad-school artist-lady-pal crew (the Louisville Lady Gems), and a founding member of Louisville Expressive Therapies (LET).
Theresa and I became fast friends in graduate school while studying art therapy. She is just as mellow and ambitious as when we first met a decade ago. With a quiet yet intense demeanor, Theresa knows what she wants and goes for it without hesitation. There is no rationalizing, doubting or questioning. She just moves forward, full steam. I really admire Theresa for unapologetically following her creative instincts. I'm so grateful to have this beautiful Gem in my life. Check out LET's vibrant space and Theresa's interview below:
What are some of the ideas and inspirations behind your personal and/or professional work? Do you even separate the two? In our field, sometimes it's impossible to do that as working creatively, professionally and personally ultimately amounts to living creatively and it can all become very entwined.
Personally, I get inspired when I get inspired. It's hard to pin point it exactly. It might be a nice day or a movie I saw, or someone's artwork that makes me want to do my own. I guess that's where being an art therapist intertwines nicely with being a creative person: my clients inspire me the most.
I remember being on a hike several years ago during one of our Lady Gem gatherings at the Gorge, and you and a couple of the Gems (Julia and Emily) had just started (LET). LET is now over 5 years old! Will you share a little bit about your life journey and what brought you to where you are now?
Yes! I remember that. The outdoors, especially the Gorge, is an awe-inspiring place. It makes you want to jump off the proverbial cliff! I always follow my heart, I listen to my gut and it tells me where to go next. If you aren't happy then there are lots of signs. :)
What is your favorite environment like?
Quiet, peaceful, looking out into the woods or nice landscape. Good incense, smells, I love my essential oil diffuser. Could also be a nice pot of soup on the stove, hot tea or wine. Definitely music playing.
What books are currently on your nightstand?
Amy Poehler's Yes Please, my art journal and a quilting magazine
What's your go to musical selection?
The Dead, Patty Griffin, Nina Simone, reggae
You seriously haven't changed much physically since I met you over a decade ago. What?! Any beauty secrets or tips?
Ha ha, yeah right. :) Sleep, water, don't drink or smoke too much, but probably the biggest thing is lessen the stress in your life, aka yoga and meditation
Do you have any mottos or mantras?
"It's All Good," and, "I could make that!"
Mermaid or Forest Fairy?
Didn't you know I was a mermaid in a past life?!
A mermaid haiku:
O I wish I could be
A mermaid under the sea
That's the life for me