Issue 210
September/October 2019

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Sep 19, 2019

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In touch with the angels

WHAT STARTED as a hobby and a means of therapy after the tragic loss of her first daughter, aged only three months, has developed into a world recognised forum for artist, Audrey Keenan.

Audrey who is based near Bathgate, is this month showing her work as part of a digital collection of prints at New York Fashion Week. Next month she is part of a group exhibition in South Korea

Audrey is one of 127 artists from around the world who will exhibit at the Yukung Art Museum, Geje, South Korea showing until October 25.

This project aims to show a message of diversity and unity, bringing artists together from around the world in one of the most challenging regions of the world.

Audrey's passion for painting she says, all stems from getting out of bed one day with the compulsion to paint. She has in the last six years painted more than 400 paintings – all of her paintings are of angels – as she believes their angelic force protects her and inspires others. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia, some years ago, painting has been her life saviour and passion.

She was also greatly inspired by seeing her father, also an artist, paint as a child:

"As a child I remember enjoying seeing my father at work on his canvases. It seemed to have a calming effect and he found joy in giving his paintings to friends. I've always liked to express emotions through singing or poetry. After a reiki master attunement it can only be described it as a spiritual awakening. I was downloaded with angel visions dreams in meditation," she said matter of factly.

Audrey is also a reiki practitioner and healer herself and has been treating people in this way for more than 20 years.

"I found painting a hugely healing process, and many other people have been inspired by my work and find it therapeutic too," she said.

She has found the benefits of social media to have had a hugely influential impact too. "A friend started a twitter account for me a few years ago, and now I have a following of around 30,000," she said. I post pictures of my angels every day and people seem to love it," she said.

"Also through Facebook I was invited to visit Rome and was awarded a prize for new artists, called the Michelangelo award."

She has also exhibited in Ireland and Sweden and next year plans to show her work in Italy. She has many collectors, including the Scottish singer, Susan Boyle.

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