Refugees are Artists

A volunteer came in from time to time to do art therapy with the residents. For some people, it was just something to do, for others it was a release, for some it was an opportunity to do something they genuinely enjoyed. One Tibetan man was an artist who painted murals in monasteries. He had spent a lifetime training in the techniques of the art. It was not just painting, it was also a form of prayer and meditation. The care and attention shown in every detail was as much the point as the end result.

He made the drawing above in a quick afternoon art session. I have carried it with me from place to place over the years. The peaceful expression on the yak’s face just makes me so happy and calm. It’s not unlike the manner of the artist himself.

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