10 Art Therapy Quotes That You Will Love

People are loving our blog post on music therapy quotes! Therefore we decided to bring you a post on 10 quotes about art therapy that you will love. These art therapy quotes come from artists, art therapists, and art lovers. 

Hope you enjoy these 10 art therapy quotes! 


Art therapy quote #1 – Georges Braque 

“Art is a wound turned into light.” 


Georges Braque (13 May 1882 – 31 August 1963) was a 20th century French artist who is credited with being a founder of Cubism alongside Pablo Picasso. He also focused on different forms of art which touched on Impressionism, fauvism, and collagism. Read more about him on Wikipedia.


Art therapy quote #2 – Vincent van Gogh

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” 


Vincent van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a “Dutch post-impressionist painter who posthumously became one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art.” There are books, movies, and a lot of content about Vincent van Gogh. You can start here. Or simply enjoy the art therapy quote above! 


Art therapy quote #3 – Natalie Rogers 

“Expressive art therapy integrates all of the arts in a safe, non-judgmental setting to facilitate personal growth and healing. To use the arts expressively means going into our inner realms to discover feelings and to express them through visual art, movement, sound, writing or drama. This process fosters release, self-understanding, insight and awakens creativity and transpersonal states of consciousness.”


Natalie Rogers, PhD, REAT, is a psychotherapist whose practices in California, Hawaii and Massachusetts have combined expressive arts with person-centered therapy with children, adults, families and groups. She is the daughter of Dr. Carl Rogers and has written two books: The Creative Connection: Expressive Arts As Healing and Emerging Woman: A Decade of Midlife Transitions. She has trained professionals in expressive arts therapy around the world.


Art therapy quote #4 – Auguste Rodin

“Art is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”


François Auguste René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917) was a French sculptor generally considered the founder of modern sculpture. Two of his most famous sculptures, The Thinker and The Kiss  were part of his unfinished The Gates of Hell, commissioned in 1880 for the future Museum of the Decorative Arts in Paris. 


Art therapy quote #5 – George E. Miller

“Creating artwork allows your mind to be in a safe place while it contemplates the tougher issues you are dealing with. One can use the tools of brush, paint, pastels, crayons etc to expose and even for a short time color those issues in a different light.” 


George E. Miller is a Child Advocacy Artist who has devoted decades to creating artwork that advocates for the education and well-being of children. He is a self-taught artist and hand draws and hand paints all his artwork. He has numerous pieces of artwork that agencies or organizations commissioned in support of children. 


Art therapy quote #6 – Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

“At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity.” 


Rachel Naomi Remen, MD is an author, professor, co-founder and medical director of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program. She is professor at the Osher Center of Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and founder of  the Institute for the Study of Health & Illness. 


Dr. Remen’s wrote Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessing, both of which made The New York Times Best Seller list. She is also the founder of a medical student curriculum called “The Healer’s Art” which medical schools throughout the United States use. Read more about Dr. Remen here.


Art therapy quote #7 – John Lubbock

“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.” 


“The Right Honourable John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury PC FRS DCL LLD (30 April 1834 – 28 May 1913), known as Sir John Lubbock, 4th Baronet from 1865 until 1900, was a banker, Liberal politician, philanthropist, scientist and polymath.” His book “The Pleasures of Life” is a series of talks given at school and college occasions. 


Art therapy quote #8 – Robert L. Lynch

“The arts empower. The arts give a voice to the voiceless. The arts help transform American communities and, as I often say, the result can be a better child, a better town, a better nation and certainly a better world. Let’s champion our arts action heroes, emulate them and make our communities everything we want them to be.” 


Robert L. Lynch, is president and chief executive officer of Americans for the Arts. “With more than 45 years of experience in the arts industry, he remains motivated to empower communities and leaders to advance the arts in society and in the lives of citizens.” 


Art therapy quote #9 – Renée Phillips

“The medical profession has come a long way in recognizing the healing benefits of art. My hope is that someday the arts will be considered as significant in everyone’s lives as breathing fresh air, eating clean foods, and performing physical exercise.” 


Renée Phillips lives in New York where she counsels artists, art businesses, and organizations from around the world. She does this by providing career advice, coaching, writing services, and promotion. 


Renée is founder and director of The Healing Power of ART, established in 2015. “It features articles and an online artist membership gallery. The mission of the website is to raise awareness about art as a catalyst for well-being and bringing positive change to all aspects of our society.” 


Art therapy quote #10 – Stephen K. Levine

“The task of therapy is not to eliminate suffering but to give a voice to it, to find a form in which it can be expressed. Expression is itself transformation; this is the message that art brings. The therapist then would be an artist of the soul, working with sufferers to enable them to find the proper container for their pain, the form in which it would be embodied.”


Stephen K. Levine is Dean of the Doctoral Program in Expressive Arts at the European Graduate School EGS. He had training at the University of Pennsylvania in Eastern thought, as well as an education in Western philosophy at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York. Levine’s dissertation was on Heidegger’s philosophy of art. He later completed a second doctorate in Anthropology at the New School.


In the 1970’s, Stephen K. Levine underwent a five-year training in psychotherapy at the Toronto Institute of Human Resources. He subsequently became a Supervising Consultant and then Training Director. In 1985-86, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Expressive Therapy at Lesley University. Read more about Stephen here


Hope you enjoyed these 10 art therapy quotes we shared with you! Also let us know, do you have more quotes that you think we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments.


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1 Comment

  1. Adrienne on May 22, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    Good evening.

    These quotes were inspiring. Am I allowed to requote? I’d definitely give credit to the writer.

    Thank you.

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