Archive for October, 2017

Healing the Five Year Old I Still Hold

Practicing as an Art Therapist with families,  I look deeply into the eyes of children all day.  Then, in the studio, without intending to paint anything in particular, I move paint around a canvas and faces magically appear.  I am not trying to depict anyone, or tell a story… it just happens that emotion filled little people show up.  Maybe I am  tapping into the collective experience of being a child- that child that still lives in us. There is beauty in not knowing who they are or what they have to say.  But as long as they speak to me, they will keep coming to visit.

5 yr old sm

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October 16, 2017 at 1:08 am 2 comments


AUTHOR Amy Hautman Bates M.A, LPCC, ATR

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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