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artists and epilepsy

Many people with epilepsy say that the freedom of art helps them to express their experiences of seizures. For many the paintbrush is a powerful communication tool for experiences that are hard to explain in words. Our online Flickr gallery ‘Artists and epilepsy’ features the work of  artists affected by epilepsy and is a platform for all artists affected by epilepsy to share their work.  

Amanda Smith in the art therapy room at Chalfont

Amanda's story

Amanda Smith takes art therapy classes at our Chalfont Centre. She says that painting has become her lifeline since being diagnosed with epilepsy. Read more about her story here.

Maria Pia on a boat smiling at the camera

Maria Pia's story

Maria Pia is Italian and has epilepsy. She explains how painting is a coping mechanism for her epilepsy.

Anneleen Lindsay leaning against a green wall, wearing a red jumper

Anneleen's story

Electric Visions

Anneleen Lindsay is a professional photographer who is based in Edinburgh. She has recently produced a series of work called 'Electric Visions' which is a visual exploration of her personal experience of living with epilepsy.

Amy frost

Amy's story

Amy Frost, 25, has generalised epilepsy. She has been having seizures since she was 11 years old, but was diagnosed at 18. She started using art as a way to cope with her emotions associated with her epilepsy.

You can view the artists and epilepsy online gallery on flickr.      

Submit your work

If you would like to submit work for inclusion in the gallery, please send jpegs of your art (maximum of six pieces)
to We are happy to include your own website details alongside your art.


Art is a way of making sense of the huge impact that recurring seizures can have on your life. Art can help a person develop greater self awareness and come to terms  with the uncertainties of epilepsy.

Quentin Bruckland, art therapist, Epilepsy Society


It has often been said that Van Gogh’s use of yellow was a result of his suffering from xanthopsia, a condition that causes the person to see everything as though through a yellow filter. Xanthopsia was a side effect of digitalis, often used to treat epilepsy.

Nicola Swanborough, Epilepsy Review