HEALING IN COLOUR

PATRICIA BRINTLE

ABOUT THE ARTIST

The works of self-taught Haitian-American Patricia Brintle are vibrant and remind the viewer of Haiti. Brintle’s rich culture serves as her creative muse, inspiring her to capture her homeland’s story through artwork. Some of her paintings are infused with complex symbolism that seems simple at first glance, but which reveals itself on further examination. She favours bright and vivid colours as she explores the universality of human emotions in each of her works. Many of her works address complex issues such as nuclear disarmament, the Holocaust, and the Haitian earthquake of 2010. Many of her works are religious in nature and explore sensitive subjects. Several of her works are featured in movies and grace the covers of books and magazines. She belongs to several art organizations and exhibits internationally. Brintle is an inductee in the 1804 List of Haitian-American Changemakers.

ABOUT THE ARWORK

COMPANIONS, ACRYLIC ON WOOD

When I was invited to participate in this project, “companionship” quickly captured my attention. I was taken to a particular day at my church when shawls were being blessed. Each was different; they were created by a group of ladies who prayed over each shawl as it was being made. These “prayer shawls” were destined for people with various illnesses. The hope was that as they wore the soft, cuddly shawls, they would be helped into feeling calm, secure, and safe should they become worried or nervous. The Haitian earthquake of 2010 highlighted a need for mental health recovery and healing—a subject that was stigmatized in Haiti in the past. Now, anxiety and depression are recognized and treated as commonly as any other health condition. My artwork shows two women in a lush Haitian setting, companions for each other, tied together in a healing shawl. They gaze at each other with an unspoken bond; hearts as one, comfort, security, familiarity…companionship.

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Healing in Colour is a project from Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, a Christian non-profit that equips the Church to support mental health and wellbeing. Learn more about Sanctuary.