Posts by J Peachy

I am a contemporary outsider artist that believes in the healing properties of the natural environment. I paint landscapes in abstract as an expression of my connection with nature and its ability to provide me peaceful inspiration. As organisms on this earth I believe we are interconnected with nature and highly interdependent. But as the psycho-social environment we live in today gets ever increasingly complex its effects on us are becoming more pervasive, corroding and sophisticated. However the energy, peace and serenity of our natural surroundings can provide a way of grounding our senses and healing our minds. I try to capture the interrelationship between my mind and nature as I see and feel it; it’s an expression of my soul captured on a physical medium and in a point in time. Going through the process in itself contributes to balance. Driven by my own lived experience, I am a self proclaimed arts-based advocate for mental health and strive to demystify and eliminate stigma around these issues. My initiatives in this regard include being the Vancouver Caucus leader for the Artist Alliance for Mental Health, a collective member (2010) of the artist-run Gallery Gachet in Vancouver and the Producer and Host of Sound Therapy Radio a peer oriented mental wellness show on CJSF 90.1 FM. I have a true belief in human potential and in the statement; ‘art is a means for survival’.

Protect Riverview – Media Release – January 28, 2016

For Immediate Release (January 28, 2016)

We are a collective of citizens in the province of British Columbia, in unceded Coast Salish Territories concerned about the provincial government’s commercial housing plans for the Riverview hospital lands.

Under the banner of ‘Protect Riverview’ we stand in solidarity with members of the community, mental health advocates and healers from all walks of life.

We stand united and opposed to plans that include market housing and for-profit commercial development. We believe the land should retain it’s initial purpose as a sanctuary for those with mental health challenges.

We envision a campus of care, of which many models around the world have been successful. We also see creative alternative and co-operative economic models as a way to provide social opportunities for community members who are easily excluded from mainstream economies. We believe in retro-fitting existing usable structures as a green approach to re-purposing buildings. We encourage those who share the same vision to unite with us.

Our first gathering with be at the City of Coquitlam, Spirit Square next to GlenPine Pavilion from Noon-2pm on January 31st. 2016. We invite others concerned about the future of Riverview to join the peaceful, family-friendly gathering in Spirit Square, See you there!

To find out more see us at:

web: protectriverview.wordpress.com

email: Protectriverview@gmail.com

twitter: @protectrview