Xanthe Wyse was diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder in her forties after being previously diagnosed for over 20 years with treatment resistant depression with anxiety.
She started painting while very unwell after two mania episodes and a nervous breakdown in a few years. Listening to music and painting helped relieve her anxiety plus release 'stuck' emotions.
All her art helps her process emotions and moods. She prefers abstracts in bright colours.
Her vision is to hold an exhibition called Spinning Orbit. Raising awareness of bipolar disorder which has significant stigma.
She has received a grant by Creative Schemes New Zealand to hire exhibition space within the next year.