The Naked Artist, Maralyn Nash Shares Her Journey of Self-Discovery by Helping Others
The Naked Artist, Maralyn Nash plans to share her passion for artistic healing and open people’s minds, bodies and hearts to the joy of living a creative life. What makes Maralyn’s approach and her business unique is that she always teaches and provides therapy from the artist’s perspective.
Being an artist herself, she fully understands all aspects of the creative psychological and emotional process involved in getting to a place where you are willing to reveal your real self, in the raw on a canvas. Her tools of trade as The Naked Artist are her art, writing, teaching and art therapy.
To make her own personal art more accessible to all kinds of people she has exhibited her work in a diverse range of locations including cafes, restaurants, wine bars, vineyards, libraries and hospitals as well as continuing to show her work in the art galleries of Sydney’s eastern suburbs where she has successfully exhibited in numerous group and solo shows for many years.
In her workshops, courses and classes, Maralyn has often achieved astounding and life changing impact for her clients in equally eclectic settings ranging from boardrooms and yoga retreats to nursing homes and psychiatric wards.
“Maralyn allowed the space for creativity to flow and I came to a lot of poignant understandings about myself and my goals and visions for the future within this workshop. It felt beautiful to feel so free to express myself with paint and other mediums.” Sophie Alize – Professional Belly Dance Artist
As a professionally trained artist with a Masters Degree in Art Therapy, her transition into self-employment was a natural one.
After many years teaching and then 10 years working in the ‘mainstream’ in psychiatric hospitals she became disillusioned with the limitations inevitably placed on her by the ‘system’ and decided she could produce far greater results for her clients and more job satisfaction for herself by going it alone again.
“I have big dreams to achieve and the only way for me to achieve them is to work for myself.”
Maralyn genuinely wanted to help others avoid the burnout and stress she experienced working in the government sector. This led her to develop a unique and innovative mobile corporate art program in 2008. Art at Work offered a creative outlet for workers through lunchtime art courses and workshops. This worked very well and produced some great results, but was still limiting her ability to extend her message to more people.
Since then she has further developed her business model by identifying the need to learn more about how businesses generally work. This led her to join Business Networking International (BNI) and then Key Person of Influence (KPI); a 40-week entrepreneurs networking and coaching program based on a Five step sequence to become one of the most highly valued and highly paid people in your industry.
“Even though I have a Masters degree in Art Therapy, there is so much to learn about business ownership and management. The mentoring support I have gained from BNI and KPI has been as valuable as my degree in many ways.”
With greater confidence that she is on the right track and has a genuinely new, unique and innovative approach to sharing her wisdom, Maralyn has written the first draft of her first book The Naked Artist – 7 Steps to Peel Back the Layers and Create the Life of Your Dreams, is now in the process of rebuilding her website and developing her Peel Back the Layers online program based on the concepts outlined in her book.
Inspiring people’s natural creativity and healing through the joy of self-expression is Maralyn’s mission in life. Her proudest achievement is her 22-year-old son, Ben Ohene. In spite of learning difficulties at school he persevered and Maralyn always encouraged him to always follow his dreams and believe he could do whatever he set his mind to. His dream was to become a pilot and he is now a qualified commercial pilot and one of the youngest Flight Instructors for Flight Training Adelaide (FTA).
Maralyn’s recommendation to start your journey of self-discovery is to “Focus on the destination for sure but always keep the joy of being here now as well and don’t forget to enjoy the scenery along the way.”
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