off. To get down to the roots of things with
a friend, that’s where the healing happens.
Nothing happens when we are playacting. We can keep things light and fluffy,
and it feels like we are doing
the right thing by being
shallow, but the healing
happens when we go down
deep, and that takes courage and risk.
F T: You and your husband have
both experienced some healing
through art. How and why has
that been helpful?
WD: I think we like to live in
the left brain, but the wisdom and the bigger issues
of life are held in the right
brain. Art gives us permission to explore
the right brain and leave the mind and the
logic out of it. It’s the right brain that can
portray the deeper meanings in life.
Cliff, who is a wonderful, gifted sculp-
tor, has felt very driven to do a piece of
art, and we look at it and see it is right
from the depths of his heart. We can take
it outside of ourselves and look at it, and
in that process we learn
about ourselves and others.
It’s also fun and play. It’s
playing in therapy rather
than having to do the grunt
work. It’s mysterious and
fun and adventurous and
gratifying in terms of the
final product. It’s a fast way
to communicate with
others. My book might take
three hours to read, but you
can walk in and see Cliff’s
I do my art differently. Mine is just
white. It’s my comfort place to go to.
When I’m feeling life is too chaotic and I
don’t have words, I float into white. I
embed it with scripture so the Word of
God is behind it. I don’t like Scripture
verses on the wall that are so obvious, but
I embed them in the art. I have one in my
living room now that I’m looking at that
is a wall of bricks – God is my fortress –
but I paint the verse over with white.
FT: How has the Church helped you, or maybe
not, through this process?
WD: We needed the Church right from the
beginning, and they were there for us,
looking for Candace. They understood the
panic. I think that sometimes later on, on
the whole, I had wonderful friends who
helped me verbalize. My friends were very
good at that.
I have a very good set of friends who
allowed me to do a lot of deep talking. But
there are times when there is ritualism in
the Church and going through the motions, and when you are really hurting,
those rituals can seem so shallow and out
of place, and the promises of God can feel
so hard to attain. Even the Lord’s Prayer
THE FT INTERVIEW
I trusted the wrong person with my money
and made a terrible mistake. I was losing
sleep. But it wasn’t too late. When I explained
how it all began, the right people listened.
Then everything changed.
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