1. ITV Report

Woman finds therapy and success in art after PTSD diagnosis

A woman based in Swansea who took up art full time as a form of therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has now been able to build a gallery and studio off the back of online sales of her work.

Emma Cownie turned to art to help recover from PTSD. Credit: Emma Cownie

Emma Cownie was involved in a car crash in 2012 which left her with PTSD. Although she had been painting all of her life, the incident changed her artistic style and became an important part of her recovery.

Emma has sold 270 pieces of her art since 2013. Credit: Emma Cownie

In 2013 she joined Artfinder, a company that sells artwork from independent artists and galleries online.

Emma has since sold 270 artworks on the site and has recently completed work on a purpose built studio and gallery beside her home in Brynmil with the money raised from sales.

The art viewing space, called The Back Lane Gallery, will be hosting two exhibitions per year - the first of which opens on the 1st January 2016.

Watch James Crichton-Smith's report:

I started selling art professionally in 2012, after a car crash left me with PTSD. I have painted all of my life, but after the crash my style changed dramatically - it became much more expressionistic. Painting helped me through that very tough time and is still therapeutic. I have now sold paintings to countries all over the world including Australia, the USA, Canada, Malta, Belgium, the Netherlands and all over the UK. If I can use that success to create a viewing space that will further enable me to connect with art lovers in my local area and hopefully add to the already excellent, exciting artistic community of Swansea, as well as act as my own studio, then I feel I'm putting that money to good use.

– Emma Cownie, Artist

Emma also has had a couple of exhibitions around Swansea over the past couple of weeks and her gallery opens next month.