We had the good fortune of connecting with Charles McDowell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charles, how does your business help the community?
Our business brings awareness to the community through art and inspiring those with mental illness.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been building my art to express my struggles, and this has kept me going therefore that is what I am most proud of. I am excited about the breadth of knowledge from both individuals who cope with their own psychiatric needs and professionals who provide psychiatric support. While MYPOLARLIFE focuses on the ways in which art can supplement how one manages their mental illnesses, we welcome artists and non-artists alike. I have overcome challenges by staying faithful and knowing I am serving others through my artwork. The lesson I learned along the way is that we are all essentially a work in progress and that art—through painting, poetry, or music for example—is one way to reflect on your experience. MYPOLARLIFE is a point of expression.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Definitely check out the art district, dragon street galleries, uptown, vegan food house, Casa del Vegano, Kookie Haven if they have a sweet tooth.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate my shoutout to the non-profits and all those individuals who have brought awareness and support to those with mental illness, family members, and their loved ones. Agencies like MHA(Mental Health America) NAMI(National Alliance on Mental Illness, Okay to say and several others who create a platform for individuals who struggle with mental illness.