“My name is Allen Creamean (a.k.a. “Neurotik”), born and raised in Illinois my whole life; most of which in Northern Illinois in a small town outside of Rockford called Byron. My primary course of study in college was not in the arts, but in psychology. I currently practice as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at The Pavilion Hospital, working with youth and adults in acute psychiatric crises. I have learned the importance of creative expression as an outlet for emotional distress through seeing the benefits with my patients while experiencing the benefits as a human. The artwork that I create intends on exposing the reality of emotional distress, which is commonly suppressed, in efforts to break the stigma expressing emotion currently has”