Hello & Welcome. I'm Kayla.
I am an Art Therapist, Expressive Artist, and Holistic Educator.
I support individuals in moving forward and growing healthier relationships through holistic and creative processes.
For over 15 years, I've been intertwining my desire to create, heal, and build community through my own art process, teaching art, facilitating art therapy groups and meeting with individual clients and families.
I recently closed my art studio in Seattle and relocated to be closer to family. I am currently on maternity leave from my art therapy practice and am taking this time to be present with my growing family and create art on a daily basis.
I recognize how powerful art is to human beings and how it impacts our emotional expression. I am honored to share my journey with you.
My process entails a visual form of storytelling conveying emotional expression through layers of overlapping paint. Dialoguing with my inner canvas through the use of lines, shapes, textures and colors, I am able to give image to what life experiences feel and look like visually. Through art making I am able to capture a moment, a tactile representation of thoughts and feelings on the canvas. I work primarily with acrylic paints utilizing various means to create textures and movement throughout my art cultivating inspiration from nature and other organic shapes and colors.
Education & Experience
I am a Registered Art Therapist (#17-082) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH60746482) and Licensed Art Teacher. I earned my Master of Arts Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Art Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University Seattle. Upon graduation, I opened an art studio called, Circle of Art Studios in Seattle where I ran my art therapy practice and facilitated art classes for kids and adults.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and a minor in photography from Minnesota State University Moorhead. After graduation I became an elementary art teacher. I taught art to over 600 students each year and was continuously inspired by them to further my education to become an art therapist and mental health counselor. As an educator I noticed how powerful art was to my students and how it impacted their emotional expression similar to how it has for me. I yearned to learn to help others express themselves in an honest and authentic space.