Artist Spotlight: The Art of Recovery 2015

"The Art of Recovery" Artist Spotlight: Gayle Tompkins


Gayle Tompkins has been a contributing artist to The Art of Recovery for several years.  Below is a brief statement from Gayle about her work and motivations to create art:

"My name is Gayle Tompkins and I am an artist with mental illness. I entered 2 paintings in this year’s Art of Recovery Show."

"The first [piece] was completed in 2010. Titled, 'Different Roads', it was painted at a time when I was still going in and out of the hospital. I was at a cross roads at the time and I was searching for something. I had many different paths I could choose from.  The path I choose the next year was to join a fellowship. With the help of the fellowship and the friends I made there, I was able to turn my life around."


"It has been over two years now since I was last hospitalized. The second painting was done a year ago. It is called Gayle’s Living Room. I have always had a fascination with furniture and rooms. I have done rooms (bedrooms, kitchens and staircases) in different media. There is a lot of detail and a lot more organization. There is also a picture on the wall of the living room called baby kaleidoscope with is a signature of mine."

"The Art of Recovery" Artist Spotlight: Oren Rose


Oren Rose is a Northern Virginia potter and has been a participant in "The Art of Recovery" exhibits for the past five years.  His imaginative sculptural work includes giant spiders, true to life natural forms, and of course the popular "Monday Mug" in stock at PONSHOP.  He works out of Manassas Clay in Northern Virginia.

What three words would you use to describe you as an artist? Funny, Different, Real

How did you get involved in art? I started painting when I was young in 4th grade. Took some college classes. Started doing pottery in 2008. Now sculpting is what I have been doing the most. My parents and friends supported me.

How would you describe your artistic process? I am inspired by science fiction, fantasy, horror, the unknown creatures in my dreams. I like to make things just to see if I can do it. I like to be different big orsmall. I make [my art] look as real as I can. Detail is very important to me. In my head I always have a story behind [a piece], making it come to life for me.

Why are you participating in "The Art of Recovery?" I love to show my artwork. I would love to make money with my art. It makes me feel better also.

Why should the community support "The Art of Recovery?" To help others feel better about themselves. Give others a way to make some money.

Click Here to learn more about the annual "The Art of Recovery" exhibit organized by the RACSB.