Karen’s new book mines themes including alcoholism, self-harm and infidelity to help others to tackle trauma through art and writing

An artist and writer who channelled her skills into coping with grief has had her first book published.

Sunday, 31st July 2022, 4:55 am

Karen Trueman’s self-published book You Made It This Far: Mind, Body and Soul is on sale and helping other people.

In January 2018, Karen lost her sister Claire to cerebral vasculitis; a brain condition which causes healthy blood vessels to be attacked, making them swollen and narrow and affecting blood flow. Claire was just 37.

In 2021, the Echo ran a story about Karen launching her business, Heart Art, as well as workshops for anyone wanting to use art to support their own mental health.

Using her own experiences, Karen Trueman has published a book which she hopes will help others overcome trauma.

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At the height of her grief Karen began to develop her artwork on the theme of hearts, as she and Claire had matching heart tattoos.

As well as bereavement Karen, 43, has also had direct and indirect experience of other traumas, which have been the backdrop to the book. In addition to her detailed illustrations, she has added her writing too.

Karen, from Fatfield, said: “I’ve used artwork to manage grief. Then I started writing little bits of poetry and little things about trauma.

You Made It This Far: Mind, Body and Soul combines art with poetry and prose.

“So I’ve written and published my first book, poetry and prose, illustrated by the Heart Art work. It’s a message of spreading love and helping other people.

“It’s about life events that people might not talk about: alcoholism, growing up, self-harming, infidelity, lies, cheating. There’s loads of stuff.

“The whole point of the book is trauma and the effect of it, which is the body, and the outcome of it, which is the soul. It’s to encourage people to write about their problems too. It can help mental health.

“People who have read it and been in tears, but it’s helped them and their families because its the first time they’ve been able to relate to this stuff without talking about it.”

Using her own experiences, Karen Trueman has published a book which she hopes will help others to overcome trauma.

A busy Karen has also recently had her first solo exhibition at Arts Centre Washington.

You Made It This Far: Mind, Body and Soul is available on Amazon, priced. £9.99. Also available is You Made It This Far: Healing Journal at £5.99, which encourages people to write down their feelings and emotions.