About Abstract Expressions Art
Welcome to Abstract Expressions Art! (An Art Gallery and gift shop.)
Please read below about our products and expected delivery times.
This started as a t-shirt shop. I created a painting in 2019 that just looked like it would make a great print design for tees. And I was right. But what I got wrong was the focus. This was supposed to be about my art. (And now it is!)
I love creating. I find art to be a very therapeutic form of self-expression. I had long forgotten what it felt like to be happy. I had also forgotten that I was a creative. I was going through life like a zombie because I was unaware that I had long-standing, untreated C-PTSD, depression, and anxiety that had been ruining my life. But I was functional, successful, and on the path to a mid-life crisis. I didn’t have the tools in my toolbox to cope with the traumatic experiences I had at young ages, let alone additional traumas experienced as I got older.
I was first introduced to art by my dad when I was around 7 or 8 years old. He was multi-talented - drawing, painting, writing. We started out drawing together at sunrise on weekends. I tried to imitate some of his paintings. I still have some. They’re terrible, Lol!! I was just shy of 13 when I lost my dad to cancer. My creativity died too. I took a creative writing class several years later in high school. My writing was ripe with depression; I still have a small collection of poems I wrote. It made me angry to reread them all these years later. There were so many red flags that got missed.
I have struggled with expressing thoughts, feelings, emotions my whole life. I learned how to be a chameleon. And because of this, most of the friends and family that know me, don’t actually know me. When you experience trauma and shame at a young age, you learn that being yourself is not ok. It’s more important to maintain a façade than it is to be yourself. I am very awkward and weird. I have a dark and strange sense of humor; I like the gross and macabre. Tattoos, piercings, wild/colored hair, are my thing and I swear (a lot). I often hide my true self so as not to embarrass or offend others. Because of this, I lost myself. I had no idea who I truly was. I felt broken. And angry. Very angry.
Art gives me a voice, a way to express the things that I don’t know how to put into words. It’s very hard to be vulnerable and put yourself out there, especially when I have been hiding for so long. I still struggle with being authentic and wanting people to like me. I have made a lot of progress with my mental health in the last several years. My art tells some of my story. It reflects my moods and offers a glimpse at my wounded soul. My art is all over the place because I am all over the place. And I’m ok with that.
Art, whether you create it or simply appreciate it, is a relaxing and inspiring activity. It can be very valuable in the treatment of depression, anxiety, traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health conditions. I hope to raise awareness for others that struggle with their mental health by sharing my art.
To steal from Renni Browne and Dave King: “One of the great gifts of [art] is that it allows for the expression of unexpressed thoughts…”
To inspire others to create. We believe that exercising creativity is a healthy and therapeutic endeavor that results in better mental wellness.
Original artwork - May take up to 2 weeks for delivery and will be shipped ground. Paintings will be professionally packaged to avoid damage during shipping.
Tees, prints, and accessories - This is a small business that utilizes direct-to-garment printing which means that items are print on demand, this creates less waste. All products sold are considered custom and therefore returns are not accepted. If there is a problem with your order, please use the contact form. It takes approx 3 to 5 business days to process/print orders for shipping, most orders will be received within 7 - 10 business days. Please make sure that you read the item descriptions and size charts prior to placing an order. If you have any questions, please ask.
When unpacking a new shirt or hoodie with a direct-to-garment (DTG) print, you may notice a vinegar-like smell or an off-white residue. Don't worry, that's normal. It is due to the printing process. The solution is simply to wash the garment! Neither the residue or the smell are permanent and both should go away after one wash. Flip the garment inside out, wash it on cold, and dry on low.