Over the past four years, I’ve been experiencing a personal creative renaissance both exciting and unexpected. It’s taken me from community education art classes in Idaho to atelier training in Colorado, and on to the Ani Art Academy in Pennsylvania. “Chemical Catharsis” is my first creative work as an apprentice at the Ani Art Academy. It’s a statement about my experience with the anesthetic Ketamine. In my experience, the “kingdom of heaven” did, in fact, turn out to be within. I wanted to communicate that sense of cosmic transcendence such a simple chemical structure triggered within me. I look forward to continuing my training and completing future creative projects. My interests center on neuroscience, psychology, spirituality, and philosophy.