Dr. Mary Ellen Bratu, Artist Bio

Dr. Mary Ellen Bratu is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice 30 miles west of Chicago and is also a lifelong practicing artist. Founder of The Well Within Workshop, a meditative maker space, Mary Ellen hopes to invite others to reconnect with their own creative reserves, supporting them as they learn to tap their own well within.

We, all of us, started out making marks very early in life–drawing, coloring, doodling–but then found ourselves for a variety of reasons moved move away from this practice. Stepping back into mark-making, even when (and perhaps especially when) the marks are made for their own sake and not in the service of a finished work of art, can provide deeply nourishing experiences of energy, vitality and aliveness. Who doesn’t want more of this?

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