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An escape through art: Nyssa Perrin Clark manages pain through painting


April 25, 2019


Nyssa Perrin Clark stands in front of her work at her exhibit "Soul Dig: Excavating Essence" at Springfield City Hall. Clark, who struggles with occipital neuralgia, said that art has been "instrumental" in helping her manage her pain.

When it comes to art, Nyssa Perrin Clark said the ability to start is one of the most important parts of the creative process.

"If you can just start and not have an investment in the outcome, and just let it go where it's going to go," she said.

Clark struggled with perfectionism growing up, which hindered her earlier in life when she pursued art. It wasn't until 2016 when she was diagnosed with occipital neuralgia that she picked up the brush once more and started to paint "without judgement." A decision that led her to showcase her work in an exhibit called "Soul Dig: Excavating Essenc...

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