Invitation: “Pursuing Peace” Art Gallery Reception

Shirley Zhao

Shirley Zhao
Shirley Zhao is currently an Assistant Librarian (Clinical) at the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. She consults and teaches workshops and courses on information/data literacy, data management, and reproducible research practices. She supports evidence retrieval and synthesis, including literature searching, reference management, and protocol development. Shirley also consults on issues in scholarly communication, publishing, and research software/tools. Her interests include data science; reproducibility; open science; research impact; and science communication.

TeganPaintingPursuing Peace: One Painter’s Journey to Recovery after Trauma [Oil on Canvas]

Artist:  Tegan Cross, LMT
Massage Therapy, University of Utah Orthopaedic Center

RECEPTION: Thursday, June 16, 6:00-8:00 PM
Light refreshments will be served
RSVP (appreciated but not required)

Art Gallery, Main Level, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Exhibit Dates:  May 1 – June 30, 2016  [Library Hours & Directions]

Tegan Cross began painting three years ago after experiencing a violent trauma. The therapist helping her through her journey to recovery recommended she find a new creative outlet to cope with her experience. Oil painting came to her through a starter kit featured on eBay’s Daily Deals. From the very first time her brush stroked the canvas, she was in love. In describing her painting experience, Tegan says:  “When working with the textures of oil paint, I feel fragments of my thoughts and emotions escaping through my hands onto the canvas. The release that comes from this cannot be compared to anything else I have experienced. In many ways, painting saved the quality of my life.”

Tegan finds inspiration everywhere. It may only be an emotion or a phrase she hears in conversation.  She writes: “Once inspiration hits, the compulsion to express it is overwhelming. Many times I feel as though the painting comes from some part of me that only exists to be used it in this way. Each piece is started with no real concept of what it should be. Rather, the painting takes on a life of its own and evolves before me.”

With no formal training for this craft, Tegan reports that: “most changes in my technique are born out of happy accidents and unconscious strokes. With each completed piece, I find a bit more of myself and am one step closer to personal peace. I look forward to seeing how my style and technique develop over time and am honored by the opportunity to share my journey so far with all of you.”