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Mason Gehring is an actual Florida native born into a family of artists in Dunedin, Florida. She has an extensive background in visual arts and graduated from The School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2006. In 2016, an experience teaching painting ignited her desire to not only share her love of art but to show that everyone can be creative. This recent teaching experience was also a spring board into her own quest of using art-making processes as a routine self-care ritual to create sustaining long-term wellness.

Mason is currently enrolled in the University of Florida’s Graduate program of Art in Medicine. Here she is learning how to work as an artist in the healthcare field to facilitate art projects or programs that promote well-being.

Art is a part of what makes us human and is essential to living a whole life. Specifically, making things with our hands is intuitive and connects us with generations all the way back to the cave. Creating was our first language. It is a primitive ritual that helps keep us connected to humanity and ourselves. In Rising Strong, Brené Brown writes that creativity “embeds knowledge so that it can become practice. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands. We are born makers…” 

When not working on creative art projects for arts in health programming, Mason enjoys spending a lot of time outside investigating local beaches in Dunedin and Clearwater. She spends every Thursday morning at Honeymoon Island walking with her best friend and photographing their experience. You can follow every Thursday on Instagram at #ThursdayswithChris or #ThursdaywithMason capturing images to use as reference for landscape paintings and moments that stabilize and revitalize her well-being.