Feels Like Healing
This week my guest is former Disney illustrator Gary Andrews. A few years back Gary started keeping a 'doodle diary' of daily events, as a happily married father-of-two it involved documenting the joy of family life with his wife and children. Sadly, not long after starting this daily exercise, Gary's wife Joy contracted and tragically died from sepsis and Gary was suddenly thrown into a new life as a widower and a single parent. The night of Joy's death Gary opened up his diary notebook and simply drew a broken heart. This was to be the beginning of a new chapter for Gary's 'doodle diary'. Throughout the various stages of his grief, Gary continued to document his thoughts and emotions as drawings on paper, gaining himself a huge following online along the way.
We talk about how Gary has used drawing to help him process the untimely death of Joy and how his drawings have helped open up conversations online about widowhood and grief.
In 2020, Gary's grief inspired doodles were made into a beautiful book 'Finding Joy'. You can purchase 'Finding Joy' here : Amazon : https://amzn.to/3Pv2d3j
You can find more information about Gary via his website: http://www.garyscribbler.co.uk/
or follow him on Instagram / Twitter @garyscribbler
Feels Like Healing is a show where I talk to creative people about how grief has shaped their art.
These conversations are here to show how those who have suffered loss have found comfort and solace through the act of being creative and how creativity can help us all better understand our grief and reach a place of healing.
You can follow Feels Like Healing on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook @flhpodcast
Produced / Edited by Al Lewis
Theme music by Al Lewis