“Crossing the bridge from decorative art to healing art, Vara Kamin’s Images are powerful, therapeutic tools that move the human body into a healing state of equilibrium, harmony and balance.”

Mary Rockwood Lane, RN, Ph.D., Co-Founder
Arts in Medicine Program
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL



“Kamin’s paintings generate curiosity and discovery; there also is harmony that soothes and relaxes. These characteristics separate Kamin’s work from the chaotic abstract art that Ulrich and Gilpin (2003) classify as generating negative responses in patients. There are additional research studies (Goldstein, 1980) that assist in explaining the ability of Kamin’s work to promote positive responses: exposure to aesthetically pleasing stimuli can result in the release of endorphins, which help the body relax and enhance mood.”

HERD. Vol 4, No 3, Spring 2011
Health Environments Research and Design Journal
Dr. Judy Rollins, PhD, RN
Georgetown University School of Medicine