But that doesn’t mean that when she’s feeling crap Tia O’Donnell just goes right ahead and attacks the canvas. Although we’re pretty sure that’s a great way to get out some proper emotion if you’re feeling crappy.
“It all starts with a diary. It’s the best coping mechanism I’ve found. Words are powerful. I was bullied as a kid at school and words were really heavy. Words were like weapons. And now, through journaling, I’ve kind of understood that words are just words.”
“When you write a diary, or a journal or whatever you want to call it, the stuff you’re finding hard just comes out of you. It’s literally like a weight off your shoulders because you’re taking it out of your head. When you keep stuff in it just goes round and round and it’s overwhelming. Writing it down makes it manageable.”
Once she’s done getting her feelings out on paper – the creative stuff starts. Using her diary as a starting point to create the distinctive, rich pieces she’s known for.
Aside from helping her deal with her feelings, Tia uses her art to open up conversations around the tricky stuff that she’s faced or is facing.
“When I was experiencing bullying at school, that’s what triggered me suffering with anxiety, bulimia and anorexia. I was so isolated. And if I’m being honest, I didn’t talk to anyone at my school about it or my parents. I just suffered in silence. Don’t do that.”