Art by Karen James
I became interested in art at a very young age when found myself isolated both within my family and socially. Art became a way to express myself and find some sense of self esteem. I have some art training and I have been creative since I was about 10 years old. I believe that creativity is a great way to deal with the mental and emotional difficulties of life. I grew up in an addicted family and became addicted myself at a young age. I struggled with my own addiction for 21 years until I found a way out of that world and into the world of recovery. I have worked in the field of addiction for about 20 years now and I encourage creativity as a way of coping for my clients. I work with youth and decided to use my poetic abilities to try my hand a rap music in order to better reach that age group. I currently have 42 you tube videos and 162 rap songs. In each I have written the lyrics, created the music and used a piece of artwork to back the song.
Check out Karen on YouTube at BACKATCHA