Diane, on her son Joe's recovery

Diane: Artist Statement


My artwork represents my journey with my son, Joseph. I chose the blue background because he loves Michigan State, and because he loves the ocean and the sky--both are eternal like my love for Joe.


The stick figures represent us reaching out to one another. It has been a long and painful journey, but we have come so far. We are joined here by our hands to show that we are united in this journey together.


I put the examples of the journal entries across the top because keeping a journal was so helpful to me in this process.


I also want to help other people who going through this journey to know that they are not alone, and to share with them some of the steps and lessons that were helpful to me. As you confront the journey of addiction, I hope you will never lose hope. Know that it will get better.