Wednesday, January 23, 2013



Here are the new website additions and features in both English and Japanese - 

EVERYTHING IS CONSOLIDATED, INCLUDING THE BLOG, ON THE WEBSITE: it maybe a pain in the butt to have to click the subscribe button on the site but all art and mental health/illness/anti-stigma awareness blog posts will no longer be on this blogspot.     

Please take a tour of the new website and subscribe for all updates.

What am I going to do with this blog?
I'm not really sure yet, but probably anything else the website doesn't cover, a more personal journal of sorts, for example: interesting images of daily life, Clover, products I am using, fashion, things that don't fit in on my website, happenings... etc.

So if you don't want to get email updates about the extra bits and bobs (unrelated to art/mental health/illness/anti-stigma/etc) then please unsubscribe to this blogspot.

I apologize for any inconvenience or change, but this is definitely necessary for me to grow and move forward as an artist, advocate, and business; to BE as much as I can be:)

We'll take steps and move forwards together.  Thank you so much for your support and interest, I am forever grateful.

Subscribe to new website, blog post updates, interesting info, news, and goodies pertaining art and mental health here: (if you haven't already from the link above).  Thank you(*^_^*)  

Kindest Regards,





Friday, January 18, 2013

Gun Control Mental Illness and Violence

In my recent video I discuss issues on gun control and facts about mental illness and violence while waiting for the first coat of primer to dry on my large canvas.

Here are the links pertaining Mental Illness and Violence for details on research and studies:

World Psychiatry Association:

Psych Central:

To get the most recent updates of videos I create, please subscribe to my Youtube channel: BeingMarieT

And for my Japanese readers, there was a story about me published recently in a magazine: January 2013 Edition, TORJA (Toronto-Japan Magazine), here is a rough image:
The magazines are available throughout Toronto so if you have a chance please pick up, and have a read:)

Thank you so much and I hope everyone is having a great 2013.

Kind Regards,

Saturday, January 5, 2013


For 2012-13 New Years I went away on holiday for 7 days, for a rare family vacation.  

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, RIU Merengue Resorts and Hotels.

I had such a meaningful and excellent time.

Since I have been back I've been editing the footage I was able to take throughout the trip.  There are many relaxing and uplifting tropical weather shots, beautiful sounds and scenery of the ocean, and lots of sunshine; much needed for those living in areas with lengthy winters, or suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder).  For me these clips are a way to document my experience so I can revisit them whenever I need to, to refresh the sensations.

A few reminders for healthy being:

-Importance of SLEEP!  Deprived of quality sleep in Toronto I was out in the plane, in the bus, on the beach.

-Sunshine does help lift moods; added benefits of vitamin D, increased outdoor activities, helps in regulating circadian rhythm, and the list continues.  For further info and researched proof, visit: 

-Meals: regular meals, hot meals, variety of colors and textures, freshly made, freshly picked, in moderation and healthy portions.

-Alcohol; drink in moderation.

-Switch off!  I didn't touch my phone, or any other devices while away (only for listening to music on the plane and the camera for images/video).  It is okay to take a break from checking emails, social media, and the technological noise of modern day life.  Sometimes it is paramount in hearing yourself think, feeling, reflecting, and being more in tune with the self and environment.  I could see the stars without the constantly plugged in city lights! 

-Exploring and learning new things, sights, languages, cultures, and human connections.  

-In a modern world of abundance; less can be more.

-It is always the best to be honest to yourself, BE yourself, and okay with who you are.  
HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I wish you all the best in 2013.
The 7 days in Puerto Plata videos can be viewed on my Youtube channel BeingMarieT:  Please subscribe to my channel for video updates.

Nicely tanned,