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Keep Oregon Well is a public advocacy campaign designed to reduce stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health, build a trauma-informed community, and give people the opportunity to learn more about mental health and stand with those struggling with theirs.

This ongoing community partner spotlight blog series features some of the many caring, talented, passionate organizations it takes to spread the word about Keep Oregon Well throughout Oregon!

Keep Oregon Well Community Partner Spotlight on: Quire the Artist

quire-1Why does mental health matter to you?

As an artist and person I think a lot about how our perceptions create and form our realities. That being said, our perceptions are formed by internal and external influences, so mental health is foundational to how we perceive and interact with the world.

What made you decide to partner with Keep Oregon Well?

I knew I wanted to partner with a mental health organization to show this series of work as a result of a conversation I had with a close therapist friend. I was telling him about the series, The Science of Change, and he started telling me that helping clients make positive change in their lives is basically his job description.  While researching organizations to partner with I came across Trillium. I read the Sanctuary principles and saw that one mentions a commitment to growth and change. I thought “wow that is exactly what I’m trying to communicate through the art I’m creating”! I chose my artist name Quire, which loosely means many voices making one expression, to share the concept of my art with the world. My work always communicates themes that help us understand ourselves and each other in a spirit of inclusivity. Partnering with Trillium is a fulfillment of who I want to be as an artist and what I want my work to accomplish. quire-2

Keep Oregon Well is centered around wellness and self-care. Tell us about some of the ways you take care of yourself. 

Top of the list is being in my studio and making art. If I miss a studio day I’m pretty grumpy, if I miss more than one day then I just get sad. Also high on my list is hiking and generally being outside. Cuddling with my dog, hot tea, hot showers, time with friends and family are all things that energize me emotionally and help me care for my self and others. 

To close our chat today, do you have a favorite quote you would be willing to share?

This quote is posted on my studio wall and encourages me to be a place of open creativity and wonder both in life and in work. 

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” – Albert Einstein 

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