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A Sketch of Hope

Richard uses pen and ink to experiment with lines, form and shape at Gateway’s art night. “I used to do a lot of drawing and painting and I’m getting back into it. Art is a good therapy tool,” he says. “Things that are bothering me are excused from my mind while I concentrate on the work. It makes me realize that there is at least this one aspect of myself that hasn’t diminished and is being preserved, even through the hard times. Instead of wringing my hands over what anxieties might be worrying me, as I draw or paint, my mind stretches back to better and happier times—many of which did involve art—and I have a more positive outlook.”