Who we are & why we are

Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

Please say hello to first-time contributor Bridget Walsh-Stone, a woman who was diagnosed with Bipolar I and Panic Disorder over 12 years ago. She sees a psychiatrist regularly and takes meds daily. Her prognosis has improved but it is a daily struggle. She has a B.A. in Visual Art from the University of Illinois in Springfield. Her primary focus was photography and printmaking. She also writes, paints and makes jewelry. Before becoming ill she was employed as a commercial photographer and had the opportunity to work with professional Nikon and Hasselblad cameras. Also she has much darkroom experience. Her illness has affected her personal life in many ways and at this time all of her images are made with a cellular phone camera and photoshop. Her work reflects her deep interest in her Celtic origins, love of nature and what it has to teach us, spirituality, self exploration and self expression.

About this photo: “The Thistle is entirely edible but it is also entire covered in thorns…this is no rose.  It is saying I am fighting to the end … for my life….. I have every right to be here.  I LOVE the TENACITY the Thistle teaches.”


We need to raise $5k in August to help more people with mental illness! Please help!

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7 responses to “War Flower”

  1. bridgetart9 Avatar

    Thanks for this opportunity to share my point of view! ❤️


  2. SwittersB Avatar

    Welcome Bridget! Best wishes and have fun.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Leah Givens Avatar

    Beautiful image (such wonderful colors) and great message. Keep it up!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Leah Givens Avatar

    Oh, also…would you be OK if I reblogged this on my site (I also take a lot of nature photos, but haven’t yet gotten into Photoshop or this particular style)?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. bridgetart9 Avatar

      Yes, you can reblog it. I haven’t really tried blogging yet, the photoshop I have is a free version so it has very minimal options but I would like to experiment with it more. Thanks❤️ Bridget


  5. luro97 Avatar

    A warm welcome to you. Keep fighting the good fight because you do have the right to be here.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Leah Givens Avatar

    Reblogged this on Leah Givens and commented:
    A very vibrant take on near-abstract nature photos. Enjoyed this one!

    Liked by 1 person

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