Monique Garrood graduated with her International Baccalaureate during her family residence in Vienna (1986-1991) where she visited a rare exhibition of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who painted from her bed, on her back, and made strong personal statements. This brave artist was an early influence on how art can rehabilitate the soul, even if not the body.
Returning to Adelaide Monique studied for her Diploma of Art (1990) and continued further photography studies at The Centre for Creative Photography. Her interest in portraiture and environments continued to inspire her interest in humanity and persona on film and two dimensional artworks, taking inspiration from Austrian artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.
She later studied a Diploma in Events Management working on diverse community events from Kilburn to Torrensville to Southern Adelaide. These events optimized creative community engagement in projects, performances and exhibitions.
Further studies have led to her current work as a dedicated transpersonal art therapist with her own business Mind Art Therapy. Her practice focuses on individual support, helping school aged children and facilitating women’s and community groups, wherever creative expression can aid personal well-being.