I am a visual artist and licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in Alberta, Canada. For many years I have struggled to find the time and energy to create art whilst navigating my career in the Funeral Industry. At times my job is all consuming, but in recent months, I have felt a pressing need to return to art-making. For me, art is a coping mechanism; a cathartic tool to help me navigate the complexities of life and death. Today I challenge myself to draw each and every day. I am not precious or tedious with what I draw, and this has given me a sense of freedom and renewed excitement for art-making. I create art to try to make sense of the world around me, and to unpack traumatic life experiences. My work is heavily influenced by what I do for a living. I see death every day, and I know for my own mental health that I need to have an outlet to express that which I cannot talk about openly.