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 Rachel Mathias, a 45-year-old woman from Pembrokeshire, Wales in the UK. Rachel is a long time sufferer of bipolar 1 & ADD. She is a single mother to two teenage boys & carer to youngest son Christopher with autism. Rachel is a world traveller & lover of culture, nature, architecture, design & all things beautiful.

About this photo: “I have taken hundreds of pictures of this little cottage which is in a tiny village here in Wales. It is now derelict although was part of a working school up until the late ’80’s.

I was on a creative roll when I captured this. It’s an intriguing building. Overgrown & wild with floors & ceilings collapsed. I painted the grass purple & added the setting sun as that’s just the way I saw it at the time. My mind was in overdrive earlier this year & I saw beauty everywhere I looked. Unfortunately, I’ve suffered from a creative block following the choice to quit my mood stabiliser. I’ve also had a breakdown but I am finally starting to recover & enjoy art once again.”

More from Rachel can be found on her 500px.


Click here to see how we’re expanding to help more people with mental illness!

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13 responses to “Derelict School Cottage”

  1. Embracing a Wounded Soul Avatar
    Embracing a Wounded Soul



    1. Rachel Avatar

      Thanks 🙂


  2. Developing A New Image Avatar

    Rachel…welcome, and what a great image to start with. May you find peace here…en theos..jim


    1. rachmathias Avatar

      Thanks so much. Yes, I was very excited to come across this site. Hope all is good with you


  3. Jann @ AustinDetails.me Avatar

    Stunning. Nice work, Rachel.


  4. thehappyhugger Avatar

    Love your photo and the edit, it is gorgeous!!!


  5. vastlycurious.com Avatar

    This is wonderful !!!


  6. bluebrightly Avatar

    Interesting image! It’s so hard to go off psychotropic medications – and one feels bereft when the inspiration is gone. I’m glad it’s getting better. It may not look as exciting at first glance, but life closer to the middle road can still have beauty, and inspiration, too.


    1. rachmathias Avatar

      Thanks. Yes, it’s tough but I had to do it. I haven’t found any medication that’s right for me unfortunately but, learn a little more with every breakdown


  7. rachmathias Avatar

    Thanks to all of you for your support & kind words. I hope to start practising my art again soon. At the moment it’s still very difficult to find that drive.


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