What is the Opposite of New Mexico?

September 28, 2012 at 12:41 am 1 comment



After practicing as a professional artist for a very long time, I thought, “Enough of me”. My own painting has always been my personal therapy, and watching people  learn to paint made that art – therapy connection even more obvious.  I decided to go back to school to become an Art Therapist?  I explored graduate programs all over the country and settled on Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Not only have deserts always been magical places to me, but Southwestern College was completely different than the others. They used words like “transforming consciousness, intentionality, awareness and experiential learning “. These people spoke my language. I wanted to go there!

Step #1.  Applied…. got accepted.

Step #2  Figured out how to pay for it.

Step #3  Talk my wonderful partner, Rog Bates,  into uprooting and moving across the country.

Step #4  Made sure our two adult children didn’t freak out when they heard about this plan which didn’t revolve around them.

Step #5  Dealt with the house.
When the home we had raised our family in and nested comfortably in for 14 years sold in five days I freaked out a little. I didn’t expect it all to go so fast and smooth.”Hey!  Hey!  Hey!  Wait a minute!”  I’m driving this train and not sure exactly where it’s goin’.

to be continued…

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Painting as Meditation Australian Aborigines and Art Therapy

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  • 1. Greg Perkins  |  October 10, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Hi Amy
    Congratulations on figuring out what you want to do with your life. When I sent you a message about my dream that included you and Rog, you said you were evaluating things. Wow! This is a HUGE change. Moving and a new career are two of the biggies. I have done that and been extremely rewarded and i hope the same for you.

    I am with my “Art Camp” group up in Taos for the week. We come up every year to be artists for the week as we all have full time careers prohibting us from working on art as often as we would like.

    Best Wishes on your new endeavor.



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AUTHOR Amy Hautman Bates M.A, LPCC, ATR-BC

After being a professional painter for 30 years, I broadened by scope from making art for personal edification to using art to promote health and healing in the world. I work as an Art Therapist with children and families in Santa Fe, New Mexico, witnessing  them tap into their creative energy to gain greater emotional stability, resiliency and peace.

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