Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Occupation and the Artist
Regaining Quality of Life Painting Pet Portraits

Regaining Quality of Life Painting Pet Portraits


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Tina Primer, an artist based in Illinois provided the cover art for the Spring 2023 edition of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT). “Wriggly” is an 11” x 14” painting made from acrylic on stretched canvas. After a debilitating stroke, Tina began using art as therapy. When the strength in her dominant hand did not return, painting pet portraits provided the motivation to do things differently. Tina’s playful use of color and attention to detail capture each pet’s unique personality. Discovering a new way to paint improved Tina’s quality of life.


Occupation, Occupational Therapy, Art, Painting, Pet Portraits, Stroke, Tina Primer


Medicine and Health Sciences | Occupational Therapy | Painting | Rehabilitation and Therapy

Regaining Quality of Life Painting Pet Portraits