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.

Photo taken by contributor Leya, a single mother working in the mental health field. She has a child with multiple barriers, including severe anxiety, and grew up in a highly anxious household herself with a family that experienced significant historical trauma. Leya believes that the key to our collective functioning is finding ways to calm our overactive minds, and for her that is walks in nature, photography, poetry, painting, cooking, dance and yoga. She primarily deals with nature and historic sites for her subject matter, and only sites that grab her and convey a story or emotion or sheer beauty. She challenges herself to capture those moments and convey the same sensation to her audience, and hopefully heighten that experience through artistic expression.

About this photo: “This photo was taken on the Island of Hawaii. I have SAD and was feeling quite depressed after a long winter, and when I talked to my doctor, she said I should travel south for some sunlight. At first I laughed it off thinking yeah, that’s what a doctor might do with good pay…but after sleeping on it, and waking up still feeling exhausted, I went on a limb, decided to break the bank and visit Hawaii with my children. The sunshine, the colors, it was truly a dreamscape, and gave me the much needed fuel to keep going. This flower symbolizes the tropical beauty and magic that lifted my spirit.

Find more from Leya at her blog.


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6 responses to “Dreamscape”

  1. Frank Avatar

    Leya very beautiful picture!!!

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  2. BookOfBokeh Avatar

    Inspiring story and a wonderful photo to match!


  3. betsyborchardt Avatar


    Thank you for bringing beauty into my day. I’m happy your trip with your children lifted your depression. Southern sunlight in our winters will do that. I, too, have seasonal affective disorder. My doctor prescribed sitting under a Sun Box which emits 10,000 lux of sunlight. I bought it at my pharmacy. I get a lift everyday in the cold months. Thought I’d pass that on.


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