...healing and connecting through art...
May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
What better timing for my interview with EriQua of The Artist Unmasked to go live!
It's a bit lengthy but that should come as no surprise! We talk in-depth about healing and balancing our mental health utilizing the arts and how crucial it is to us individually as well as a community. Check up on your friends, family...yourself. We've been challenged in every way this past year, struggle is really what unites us as humans, now more than ever. Utilizing the arts is a proven tool for self-reflection, letting go, acceptance, and the art of moving forward. My recent figurative, self-portrait series, "Just Breathe" is a journey through my own mental health challenges, held together by musicians and bands that did the talking for me. As in life, art isn't always pretty, but it's always necessary. Sometimes to move forward we have to be uncomfortable. Looking inward is where it starts, use the arts to look at your innermost self.
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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
"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.
ART IN THE TIME OF COVID...
proceeds will continue to be donated to
South Bay Community Services
While continuing to do our part to #stayhomestaysafe during this pandemic, but wanting to do what I can to help, I am donating a portion of all art sales to South Bay Community Services. SBCS is a local nonprofit currently responding to the increasing need for housing support and resources (including childcare, food, and mental health services) for those who may be experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.
Having seen first hand, the severity of homelessness while living throughout San Diego County, the amount of help that is needed is truly overwhelming. I have always felt encouraged and inspired by my family and friends to commit to those in need through volunteer efforts. In the past, I have volunteered with my family at local food banks; my daughter and I would randomly make zip-lock bags of travel-size cleaning supplies with snacks and hand-deliver to those homeless in the area; we'd drive around splitting leftovers from parties to our "friends" and have made frequent donations to Father Joe's Village. After talking with my family about how we could do something to give back during this challenging time, I came to a decision to do something directly with the sales of my art. I believe that we can't turn away from the obvious need to help where and when we can.
While supplies last, I will also be gifting each patron with a complimentary mini blank journal. I believe utilizing creative outlets to process such an unprecedented time like this, can save lives. My hope is to provide a blank page to start.
Together, we can make a difference. As a local artist, I hope to share a little light in our community by making art affordable and accessible while giving to those in need. To learn more about South Bay Community Services, please visit
*Please note there is a 20% discount on all artwork listed except the current series, just breathe*