Whenever illness is associated with loss of soul, the arts emerge spontaneously as remedies, soul medicine.
from Art as Medicine

The issue of talent is the most effective defense against expression... Sit with what you already have and dream with it in a new way.
from Trust the Process

Creativity is a force of nature, the mainstream of imagination accessible to all.
from Imagination in Action

Shaun McNiff is author of Imagination in Action: Secrets for Unleashing Creative Expression; Trust the Process: An Artist's Guide to Letting GoArt HealsArt as MedicineIntegrating the Arts in Therapy; Art-Based Research; Art as Research and other books. An exhibiting painter who has had a seminal influence on the areas of creativity enhancement, the arts and healing, and art-based research, he has lectured and taught throughout the world. McNiff has received various honors and awards for his work including the Honorary Life Member Award of the American Art Therapy Association. He established the first integrated arts in therapy and education graduate training program at Lesley University from which the field of expressive arts therapy emerged and in 2002 Lesley appointed him as its first University Professor.