I came across this vimeo of Jim Carey talking about his painting.  He speaks so clearly about the healing power of art in life, and some of the ways that art can speak to us of our deepest needs.

Having a creative practice can be a lifeline.  The act of painting can release us from pain for a time and give us space to breathe and to remember who we are.  It can remind us of what we need to do in order to stay in balance, and it can let some of the feelings out so that we can see them more clearly.