WASHINGTON– When Karen Pence found out that an art therapist in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico couldn’t afford the clay her clients required, she sprang into action.
A skilled watercolor artist and advocate of the obscure psychological health occupation, Vice President Mike Pence’s other half went to the Virginia art supply store she frequented when they resided in the state during his period in Congress, purchased 120 pounds of self-drying clay and packed it aboard Air Force Two for their flight to survey the damage.
” She cleaned him out,” the vice president stated of the shop’s owner.
Mrs. Pence made art therapy her cause ever since she initially discovered it more than a decade back. She has actually checked out various art treatment programs, both in the U.S. and abroad, and on Wednesday in Florida, nine months into the administration, she prepared to officially reveal the goals for her art treatment initiative.
She wants to help people understand the difference between art therapy and arts and crafts, and to grasp that art treatment is a feasible alternative for dealing with injury, injury and other life experiences. She also wants to motivate youths to pick art therapy as a profession.
” I do not think that a great deal of people comprehend the difference in between therapeutic art and art therapy,” Mrs. Pence, a trained watercolor artist, informed The Associated Press in an unique interview before the statement at Florida State University in Tallahassee. The school has an art therapy program she described as “remarkable.”
Blabbing to a girlfriend can be restorative, she discussed, but it is not the like art treatment, which has 3 elements: a client, an experienced therapist and art.
As passionate as she has to do with raising art therapy’s profile, other concerns assist make Karen Pence tick, too.
Among them is helping military families, particularly spouses. Her only boy, Michael, remains in the Marines.
There’s likewise her interest in honeybees. Mrs. Pence installed a beehive on the premises of the U.S. Naval Observatory, where the vice president’s main home lies, to assist call attention to a decrease in handled bee colonies that officials state might adversely impact U.S. agricultural production. She had a beehive at the Indiana governor’s home for the exact same reason.
Now 60 and wed to the vice president because 1985, Mrs. Pence has long been viewed as one of her hubby’s most trusted political consultants. They are frequently together on journeys, at the White House, or at the observatory, almost always holding hands.
Because going back to Washington in January (the family lived in the area when her husband served in Congress), she has accompanied the vice president on goodwill trips of Europe, Asia and Latin America, as well as trips to survey current typhoon damage in Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She attempts to go to art treatment programs any place she goes. Reporters who take a trip with Pence often watch out for his wife; she often brings them cookies when he endeavors back to journalism cabin for small talk.
She’s even done a little campaigning, urging Virginians to vote next month for Ed Gillespie in what’s viewed as a tight gubernatorial race.
” It really makes a difference, I can tell you. Nobody thought that we were going to win,” she stated, an obvious recommendation to the Trump-Pence ticket.
The vice president often refers to his other half as the household’s “prayer captain.” She has led churchgoers in prayer throughout their hurricane-damage trips.
” We’re individuals of faith so we simply attempt and approach whatever with prayer,” Mrs. Pence said from her bright, second-floor office in the Eisenhower Executive Workplace Structure in the White House complex, where she and her personnel enjoy coveted views of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial. Art treatment illustrations given as presents embellish the outer office.
She proudly showed several of her paintings, including of the Capitol dome, the vice president’s house, a Ball canning jar-turned-flower vase, a cardinal bird and a pink peony. She turns a lot of her watercolors into prints and boxed notecards that she gifts to art therapists she meets.
Other than for myriad animals, including 2 cats, a canine and a rabbit called Marlon Bundo, the Pences are empty nesters. Their boy and two adult children are off on their own.
” I believe for us this is a great time in our life for this role since our kids run out college. They’re living their own lives,” Mrs. Pence said.
She’s also introducing a blog site in conjunction with Wednesday’s statement to chronicle her check outs to art therapy programs.