About Carly

Carly Leyburne is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.  She is a 2016 graduate of Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and is also an accredited Art Therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association and a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).

Carly's approach to art-making in the studio is similar to her approach to working with clients in art therapy.  She begins by checking in with her breath, her body, and her heart to help herself be present with her emotions.  Carly believes that the suppression of emotion is a pervasive problem for us, as individuals and as a society.  Carly uses art as a tool to help herself (and her clients) understand, feel, and transform that which is causing pain.  

For Carly, working in large-scale oil paintings is about expressing big feelings of joy, creativity, and desire for spaciousness and expansion.  Carly works with textiles to reflect, replenish, and to find peace.  Though working in two very different disciplines, with enormously varying skill-sets and techniques required, Carly does not feel that textile art and painting are so different after all.  She is constantly amazed by how they inform and enhance each other, as her learning from one can be transferred to the next.  

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