July - September 2010 Edition: Naples Health

RULES! Modern scientific studies of the effects of colors have not yet yielded conclusive results, although some light therapies have proved effective. One of the first was the discovery in the 1950s that infants with prenatal jaundice improved when exposed to sunlight or full-spectrum white light. Special blue lights are currently used for that purpose. Full-spectrum light is also now used to treat those with Seasonal Affective Disorder. There’s also anecdotal evidence that we all respond to color in subtle and sometimes surprising ways. “As an artist, I’m very intuitive about the colors I use,” Schroeder says. “I don’t necessarily know what I’m trying to say with my color choices—not until the piece is done. It’s an exploration between myself and the paint. I’m exploring my own emotional state and the materials. That’s the creative process.” Originally from the Midwest, Schroeder has noticed that her work has changed since moving to Naples in the early 2000s, picking up on the colors of her environment. Not surprisingly, blues and greens make frequent appearances.

Beth Schroeder is a Naples artist and coordinator of NCH Healthcare System’s Arts in Healing program. Her work in both fields has led her to make some observations about the role and effects of color.

“Blue is a very serene, spacious, tranquil kind of color,” she says. “It connects to the meditative work in my life. Green represents growth. It’s vibrant, alive and enthusiastic. It’s nature’s color.”

Preliminary findings suggest color is an important component in our environments and one that can help us feel better.

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JULY-SEPTEMBER 2010 | Naples Health

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