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Anne Turner - Healing Through Art

Updated: Nov 18, 2019


Anne Turner's art show in Nanaimo in 2011

Nanaimo resident and artist, Anne Turner, is an inspiration to those who have experienced difficult life challenges and disabilities. In 2003, she began turning to art therapy for her own mental health challenges. Her work began under the direction of art therapist Mehdi Naïmi. Anne pursued her work with art over several years, speaking publicly about the impact of art on her personal recovery work and exhibiting her work in galleries.


As a teenager, Anne discovered, in her therapy sessions, that is was much easier for her to create pictures to express her feelings and experiences. She also discovered how to use art to help her combat severe anxiety, grief and depression.


Over the years, Anne has gone from creating collages to using oil and chalk pastels and painting with acrylics. She has been involved in many art exhibitions, including a show of her work at Studio 366 in Nanaimo. Nanaimo’s Gallery Row also included a piece completed by Anne during the early period of her recovery and art therapy work. It was displayed until August 2018 in the Old City Quarter on Fitzwilliam Street. She is also a member of the Nanaimo Arts Council gallery.


Right: Nanaimo’s Gallery Row included an art piece by Anne Turner. Left: Anne is also a university student working on her masters degree.

Anne's story is included in two books and she has also had a part in a film that was put out by Forward House Society on Vancouver Island. Forward House was instrumental in her personal growth and healing, giving her a 'safe place' to go, while providing programs to help boost her self confidence and self esteem.


Anne is also a university student, working on completing her master’s degree. She admits it is not easy - sometimes brutal, in fact. But her resolve is inspiring and strong; "I have my eyes set in the direction of the end of tunnel and I aim to finish it."


It is important to Anne to convey to others who are struggling with grief, mental issues and disabilities, that there is hope and that there are people who can help. She wants them to know that they don't have to struggle alone.