Oona has deep respect for artistic communication and is passionate about celebrating the gifts of the healing arts. She views art-making processes as enriching places for inquiry, empowerment, imagination, comfort, and relational connection. Her education, professional experience and comprehensive skill set bridge the spheres of arts-based therapy and community arts programming.
Nurturing a relentless interest in art has led Oona to work at a variety of public and private art institutions and organizations across Canada and the UK, including the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Whistler Arts Council and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
As an art therapist and founder of Hearten Art Therapy & Creative Wellness, Oona delivers engaging arts-based therapy in private practice and in partnership with local community programs. Oona fosters an environment where the unique stories of each client are honoured and where confidence, resiliency and healing can roam.
Oona is a graduate of the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute and a professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA).
Oona lives in Victoria, BC on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations. She is grateful to live, learn, play, make art, and raise her family on these beautiful lands.