Today we’d like to introduce you to Candice Slobin.
Hi Candice, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I am a psychotherapist with a large private practice for many years. I longed to paint and for four years of that desire, I gave myself every reason that I could not. I had no idea what medium I was even interested in. I finally left a message with an art studio and the teacher only painted in oils. I thought fine, I’ll do that. This was in 2006 when I was 56. I had been very creative in several ways, but I had never painted. And that moment of giving myself the time to let this happen has brought me tremendous ongoing wonder and the amazing opportunity to stretch myself into a new relationship with myself and the world. The canvas has become an expressive element that gives my individual voice a dimension that travels far beyond the literal or cognitive way we see and feel. I am immensely grateful that this door to my creativity has remained wide open.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The creative life is never a smooth road. It requires the courage to believe in what you are doing regardless of the audience. I have been more than fortunate to have people enjoy and buy my art. What an enormous gift, a surprise I am amazed by each day. My paintings all reflect my lightness of being and the vulnerability beneath. The struggle to tolerate the uncertainty and fear of what I am doing as an untrained artist (save a singular class) and to share my art without ego is a big part of my creative road. It is a daily challenge to create art that surpasses the obstacle (always present) of what others will find as beauty or ugly, empty or alive. It takes patience to get up again despite paintings that are just not good. To go back into my studio and try again is an accomplishment that I think anyone who is creative understands. To know that I am not in search of grandeur, that my goal is not to be Picasso, but to simply be whoever I am as an artist is to overcome the competitive or critical obstacle that I have sometimes experienced.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
As a psychotherapist, my day job, I engage in the lives of individuals, couples and families that want to experience the trusting, safe dialogue and encounter that I bring to the session. It is a time in the week that I am fully present and committed to the person in the room on their own road to discovery and insight… the growth that can move a person to uncovering past trauma, current struggles, or chronic pain to a better enlightenment and the tools to make change possible. I am proud of the energetic style of my work that is uniquely my own. If one were to ask my specialization, it would most certainly be the pursuit of authenticity between myself and the person(s) in front of me and my genuine, no-fear ability to share in anothers’ life story, the essential core of each person’s search to reveal his/her true Self. My art, in its intimacy is most definitely informed by my life’s passionate and compassionate professional life.
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I was, from the start, a child that was abundantly affectionate, acutely aware and perceptive, creative and curious. I was destined most likely to be an artist and a psychotherapist. I was musical, playing the piano and guitar. Later being in a band. As a child, I carried a sketchbook wherever I went and wrote poetry at an early age, short vignettes came later. I was an athlete, my very favorite sports; tennis and track. I beat the class champion, my 6th grade boyfriend in the 50 yards dash. Needless to say, he broke up with me! However, my life was emotionally bleak and lacked nurturing and support so I developed those interests and activities within myself without validation… but that set me on the ever-present path of resilience that I have maintained to this day. I think too, my continued enthusiasm for a life in the arts and a life that connects deeply with the lives of others was born out of my early understanding that I did not have the nest that children need to thrive. I believe that both psychotherapy and the arts are intrinsically intertwined and can help individuals manifest their lives with opportunity despite life’s complexity.
- Email: Candicelcsw@gmail.com
- Website: Candiceslobin.com
- Instagram: Artworkbycandiceslobin
- Facebook: Candice Slobin and Artworkbycandiceslobin
Black and White Image of me: Credit: Photographer: Mark Richard Ross