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Local college student using painting to alleviate stress


TRURO – When she's done painting, everything is OK for Kelly Park.

The 35-year-old second year nursing student at the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus, has a dozen of her paintings on display at the McCarthy Gallery until the end of the week.

"I always liked art, but I had never really tried painting," she said, just before heading to class. "But this past Christmas, I was so stressed out because of school. I had read that looking at paintings can calm you, so I decided to actually try painting."

The stress of school, she said, had also brought on clinical depression. Turning to painting has helped alleviate that stress.

"When I am under a lot of stress, I'll turn on some violin music and just start painting. When I'm done, everything is OK," she said.

"Painting has amped my confidence a little bit. It makes me feel like I'm good at something."

Her paintings have been on display at the gallery for more than a week now, and the day she was hanging them, she had some interest.

Someone liked her crow so much, they said they'd return the following day to purchase it. The little red dot on the tag shows they did, indeed, return and will soon hang the painting on their own wall.

"It's nice seeing people appreciate the things I feel are beautiful," Park said. "When I think something is beautiful, I muster things up on the inside to display it, and when I see someone feel that same way, I really appreciate it."

A public reception to celebrate and acknowledge Park's work will run at the gallery from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today, and the artist plans to attend.

"I'm actually nervous," she said, admitting to being an introvert. "This is a huge step for me. It's putting my stress levels up a bit, but I'll just paint something when I get home."

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

ABOUT KELLY PARK

- Originally from Vancouver Island, but moved to Truro to be closer to her parents.

- Has a fiancé and three children, age 8, 12 and 14

- Enrolled in the Health and Human Services, practical nursing program at the NSCC Truro campus

- A career in nursing "seemed like the most fulfilling" and she now feels like it's what she was meant to do

- Loves painting horses and trees

- Next big thing to paint: a man in a kilt

 

 

The 35-year-old second year nursing student at the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus, has a dozen of her paintings on display at the McCarthy Gallery until the end of the week.

"I always liked art, but I had never really tried painting," she said, just before heading to class. "But this past Christmas, I was so stressed out because of school. I had read that looking at paintings can calm you, so I decided to actually try painting."

The stress of school, she said, had also brought on clinical depression. Turning to painting has helped alleviate that stress.

"When I am under a lot of stress, I'll turn on some violin music and just start painting. When I'm done, everything is OK," she said.

"Painting has amped my confidence a little bit. It makes me feel like I'm good at something."

Her paintings have been on display at the gallery for more than a week now, and the day she was hanging them, she had some interest.

Someone liked her crow so much, they said they'd return the following day to purchase it. The little red dot on the tag shows they did, indeed, return and will soon hang the painting on their own wall.

"It's nice seeing people appreciate the things I feel are beautiful," Park said. "When I think something is beautiful, I muster things up on the inside to display it, and when I see someone feel that same way, I really appreciate it."

A public reception to celebrate and acknowledge Park's work will run at the gallery from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today, and the artist plans to attend.

"I'm actually nervous," she said, admitting to being an introvert. "This is a huge step for me. It's putting my stress levels up a bit, but I'll just paint something when I get home."

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

ABOUT KELLY PARK

- Originally from Vancouver Island, but moved to Truro to be closer to her parents.

- Has a fiancé and three children, age 8, 12 and 14

- Enrolled in the Health and Human Services, practical nursing program at the NSCC Truro campus

- A career in nursing "seemed like the most fulfilling" and she now feels like it's what she was meant to do

- Loves painting horses and trees

- Next big thing to paint: a man in a kilt

 

 

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