Joyce Aubrey is the founder of Finding Our Voices: Healing Art Activities for Survivors of Sexual Assault. Joyce was born on a small Kansas farm, the third child and only daughter. Her education began in a one-room school and culminated with a Masters Degree. Her careers included 10 years teaching, counseling, and 23 years as a fabric store owner/manager.
She was 53 years old, mother of sons—ages 17 and 25, and married for 30 years when flashbacks to childhood incest invaded her life and compromised her ambition, her spirituality, even her sanity. Flashbacks revealed abuse that continued for thirteen years and included many perpetrators.
Three years after flashbacks began, Joyce was divorced, a Colorado Springs resident, her mother was deceased and her brothers tried to discredit/disown her.
Joyce sought healing through varied avenues: massage, psychotherapy, Rolfing, myofascial release, chiropractic, naturpath medicine, acupuncture, prescription meds and rebirthing, as well as process painting.
In this style of painting, the journey is the destination. The instruction was to choose the brush, colors and strokes by following energy. Joyce, like many other survivors, found that images emerged from random brush strokes and the form they took revealed information that was trapped in her cellular memory and not yet available in her conscious awareness.
In the past decade Joyce has found her creative voice through oil painting, speaking and writing of her recovery from sexual trauma, and singing in senior chorale. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband Ed and their cat Bootsie. Their home sets in a xeriscaped yard of native flora and tranquil waterfalls. You can email Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org