About Abstract Expressions Art

The Artist:

Welcome to Abstract Expressions Art! My name is Monica Schmidt and this is my online art gallery.

I was first introduced to art by my dad when I was around 7 or 8 years old. Several years later after his death I lost interest in anything creative and struggled through a lot of dark years. I had difficulty expressing thoughts, feelings, and emotions and I became very depressed. I began drawing and painting again only in the last several years. It has proven to be very beneficial in my healing.

I find art to be a very therapeutic form of self-expression. I have made a lot of progress with my mental health in the last several years. My art tells some of my story. It 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 and encouraging others to create.

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…”

And my favorite: "Art is to console those who are broken by life." -Van Gogh

 

The Mission:

To inspire others to create. We believe that exercising creativity is a healthy and therapeutic endeavor that results in better mental wellness.

 

Please read below about our products and expected delivery times.

Our Products:

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.