Xanthe has suffered for over 2 decades with significant mental health issues. She has been diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder and anxiety and has experienced stigma. She is no longer afraid nor ashamed to speak up about mental health issues.
She started painting abstracts to ease her anxiety when her mind was racing. After smearing paint without a paintbrush to represent a sun, a spinning Catherine wheel firework and a spinning saw moving forward, she called it Spinning Orbit and decided on a 'ridiculous' goal of having an art exhibition. Since then, she painted several more paintings and kept them. (When she'd painted years ago, she threw her paintings away as she didn't feel they were 'good' enough).
Her intended exhibition is called Spinning Orbit to be held within the next year in Taupo, New Zealand. Her goal is to exhibit her process artwork as therapy. She received a grant from Creative Community Schemes New Zealand to hire exhibition space which she is currently seeking.