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...healing and connecting through art...



October, 2021
at Deft Brewing/Lost Cause Meadery, San Diego

RecUniversal (recovery through recreation) and I partnered up to combine efforts shining a light on outlets like running and art to raise mental health/suicide awareness and start those hard conversations. I'm honored to unveil my recent mural, "Who do you see?" With the backdrop of a SoCal sunset and the connection of an open community (like the family's and businesses that took part in this passion project), I wanted to create a design that pulls us all together encouraging viewers to do some self-reflection. We cannot help others heal until we're ready to face our own demons. When you fine your reflection, whether in a handful of water, a rain puddle, walking past a mirror, who do you see looking back at you?

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"Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free." 

-Thich Nhat Hanh

Through Art we find beauty in flaws, self-reflection in creative expression, and deep connections through communication. Art is essential to our humanity, always has been, and will continue to be so.
My work consists of figurative portraits, freehand drawn snapshots of moments inspired by personal experiences, on custom-built wood panels. Sometimes a song inspires a gesture or pose but mostly it’s an emotion that I can’t escape. By drawing that emotion out, it helps to overcome it. The nudity in my work represents how vulnerable it is to share the intimacy of one's self. In sharing my own struggles, my hope is to create an open environment for honest, internal dialogue and deeper, healthy connections.  
MDFerrera Fine Art is a combination of education and practice, experience, experimentation, and risk; creating the ability for me to continue to share my perspective as a female artist. Creating is how I balance life, love, motherhood and the artists' brain. Whether I'm working through an original art series, creating custom art, or painting local murals, my hope is to inspire and share the tools that have helped me as an Artist and human.