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036: Unveiling the Mask: How I Broke Free From Abuse & Used Art as my Refuge

January 11th, 2021

*Disrupting Balance Statement: *
I am Disrupting Balance by remembering the validation of others doesn't take precedence over how I value myself.

I go by the name A. Decker, I'm a proud black female Canadian, residing in Cambridge, Ontario. Born from British and Jamaican parents. I'm a wife and mother of 4 children. I've always had a love for art and fashion, but I was truly inspired to showcase my talent to the world during the beginning of this COVID19 pandemic. I realized how therapeutic painting and drawing felt, it has now become a daily routine.

My work is inspired by my heritage, my perception of beauty, strength, love, happiness and music. I love combining art with quotes, every piece I've created has meaning. I call my creativity Fine Art Funk.

I always say "Art brings me happiness, what doesn't make sense with spoken words, forms clarity when my paint brush touches the canvas."

As a survivor of domestic violence, it's important for me to give back to the Haven House Women's Crisis Service Centre. At one time, I resided there and I'm truly grateful for their Services.

Connect with A. Decker:
Website: www.adeckercreations.com
Instagram: a.deckerart
Facebook: A.Decker Creations


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Hanifa Barnes, JD MBA is a multicultural mama, wife and leader who has made the switch in work, well-being and winning. Once a former professional actor, the Liberian-Ugandan American is no stranger to navigating the challenges of race, identity and culture. As a professional with nearly 15 years of experience in education and change management, her greatest superpower is giving up the sh*t that weighs her down.

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