She endured abuse and neglect as a child. As an adult, Carley recognized a need to release the secrets and emotions associated with her past, but she found she did not have the words to express herself.
“Art became my words. Suddenly, I could take a sculpture to my counselor or a drawing, and even without words, I could scream silently. Art became an intricate part of getting me to who I am today, because it became my voice, my words and my emotions,” she said.
With a bachelor’s degree in art and working toward a master’s in counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Carley aspires to work with children and adults from trauma backgrounds, incorporating the use of art as a healing medium.