From artist to writer to Reader and back again: the odyssey of an occupational artist

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This paper sketches my personal odyssey from artist to occupational therapist. I call it an odyssey because it traces a journey home to where it all began: a love of drawing and story-telling. It focuses on my progress as an author and how this has informed my development as an occupational therapist. It begins with my stalled attempt to find the true meaning of art and ends with a quest to find the true meaning of occupation. As an occupational therapist, I also envisage myself as a guide for others on a continuous quest for knowledge and I hope that this brief reflection inspires others to find meaning in their everyday practice and, perhaps, share it with others.


Document Type: Regular Paper


Publication date: October 1, 2010

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

    Submissions can be made at

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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