Juli Cady Ryan is a self-taught artist and who has been selling her art worldwide for 12 years. What started a as a hobby, soon became a vehicle for her to share her experiences with her family’s mental illness. Her art has now been in galleries, from the Smart Gallery in Springfield Missouri, to the Fuller Lodge Art Center Solo Exhibition in their Portal Gallery. She has also written a bedtime story for children, “The Sleep Fairy and the Magic Sheep,” a fun story to help the little ones fall asleep. Recently she has self-published a book of paintings, Wounds of Wisdom, that along with her poetry and Juli’s own words, show the pain and hope of dealing with mental illness in her family.