April Jakubec is a mental health artist-advocate, who began painting as a way of coping with her own mental health symptoms. Jakubec creates acrylic, mixed-media portraits of a diverse group of people living with mental health struggles. The eyes are covered, capturing the hidden/unseen nature of mental health issues. The sparkling blooms symbolize the strength and resilience that can stem from living and coping with these struggles.
As a response to the traditionally dark and gloomy images of mental illness, Jakubec creates bright and positive portraits, providing a more holistic view of those living with mental health struggles. Through these images, she aims to reduce stigma and promote mental health positivity, reminding us that it is okay not to be okay.