My name is Joan Leal Carter. My life and work are a testimony to the healing power "art" can bring into one's existence. Through my art, I give back into that creative force, which we are all able to draw from.

My own paintings, etchings, and pastels are created as celebration of recovery from traumatic brain injury and paralysis. My work is meant as a gift to those who still struggle to get there.

Many years ago I was inspired to create an art therapy program – "Artheals" – to assist people like myself who have experienced traumatic brain injuries. It is my hope that they, and others, will also benefit from the healing power of nature and art.