Art Therapy Lesson

March 2017

Theme: “Growing Where You’re Planted.”

 Longfellow Elementary School

Spokane, Washington

Poindexter-Canton’s acclaimed mixed media series, “To Shalimar,” celebrates the literary greatness of Nobel Prize-winning author, Toni Morrison and Morrison’s famous novels, “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula,” “Song of Solomon,” “Beloved” and "Home" while exploring identity, trauma, self-love, sisterhood and beauty through a Black American lens. Three pieces in this series were recently acquired by the Washington Arts Commission and Spokane Public Library for their permanent public art collections.

Poindexter-Canton blends a combination of traditional and non-traditional study, including an undergraduate degree in English/Creative Writing from Seattle University, a master’s degree in Communications and Leadership studies from Gonzaga University, and enrollment in myriad art classes in mixed media, acrylic, graphite pencil, to name a few.  

As a mostly self-taught professional artist, intuition plays a huge role in her creative process. She relies heavily on her senses and the right side of her brain to create freely and fearlessly with the intention of translating to the viewer the colorful imagery, memories and feelings radiating from her head, heart and soul. 

She has exhibited her work in large and smaller cities throughout Washington state including Spokane, Olympia, Pullman, Richland and Seattle.

Tracy Poindexter-Canton is a mixed media artist in Spokane, Washington. Through collage, vibrancy and portraiture, Poindexter-Canton examines Black American identity and melding literary imagery with visual art. An eclectic assortment of media and materials are incorporated into her work – often including acrylic, oil pastel, ink, feathers, beads, magazine clippings, bubble wrap, scrapbook paper, nylon cord and found objects.


Awakening Your Intuition 

& Amplifying Your Creativity Through 

Mixed Media Collage

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