Bakersfield veteran uses art to help himself and others cure PTSD

BAKERSFIELD, California – “I try really hard to help others understand through PTSD that trauma is trauma. Anyone in the world can have PTSD, “said Jasmine Tatman.

Jasmine served six years in the Navy, including five years abroad in Japan. Today she faces PTSD.

“Much of that healing went out to help others,” she said.

Advocacy through art.

“I didn’t know there was such a deep connection between the things I do and other people’s feelings,” said Jasmine.

Jasmine wasn’t always an artist, but when COVID-19 hit she lost her usual PTSD manners like the gym and socializing.

“It shows in a lot of fear and these pieces represent the days when I had to calm that fear in a creative and non-destructive way,” she said.

A friend taught her how to work wood.

“And that was it. I couldn’t stop. I was sweating in my garage all summer 2020,” said Jasmine.

She built a terrace in her front yard and creates works of art. She created an Instagram account to share her art but was shocked when people wanted to buy it.

“I am amazed. When people started buying things, I was confused because I was like, ‘What do you mean? Is that what you want? ‘”She said.

Buyers have told Jasmine that they are referring to the emotions she put into her art while coping with PTSD.

“It’s amazing to be able to take my healing and then transfer it to someone else because you’ve seen you are not alone,” she said. “It reminded me of how closely we really are connected, and then in return it reminds me I’m not alone.”

Jasmine is now going to community pop-ups showing off her work at Blue Oak Coffee.

And one of your favorite pieces? She does everything with her 5 year old son.

“It’s like a masterpiece when you can do it,” he said.

“To hear how proud he is Lord Jesus, it’s super cool,” said Jasmine.

Jasmine said that sometimes she still can’t believe the impact her art has on others.

“Being part of my community and giving back that way that I never thought I could give back was just so fulfilling,” she said.

Jasmine said she hopes to continue to advocate for other veterans and everyone else with PTSD, spread awareness, and support one work of art at a time.

“Like growth and healing, art is not linear,” she said.

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