S02 E03 William D. Higginson

Painting to Survive: Art Therapy & Creative Resilience

Episode Summary

In this episode, award-winning surrealist artist and entrepreneur William Higginson speaks with Dr. Joti Samra about how early life challenges brought him to where he is today. He recalls that as a child dealing with serious health issues, art became a coping mechanism. Later, when he came to Canada and sold pieces in the park, it helped him survive. He shares how his passion and creativity have since become a therapy through many other struggles, which in turn have inspired the many layers and nuances of his work.

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About William

From a very young age, William never had a choice where art is concerned.  His school days were spent thinking about art in math class, “adorning” all of his text books with mindless scribble and staying late to paint.  As a young man it encroached upon every day in a hundred tiny ways.  

William’s experiences of illness, army, international travel, and many other things have influenced his art.  In hard times, art has been a way back to life, both literally and figuratively. William believes that art can change the way you see the world, and this belief is a primary motivation to why he creates.

With every piece I want to make you think, want to evoke emotions and ask questions that enable you to look deep within.  The joy of art is that I don’t know what emotional response it will trigger in you, as everyone’s experience is going to be unique and personal to them.  To provide a gateway to an inner adventure for another is such a rewarding part of what I do.

 His art has now reached many countries through Asia, Europe, North and South America, and hundreds of businesses and private homes.  

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