Zoey Alina is from northeast Ohio and is the oldest of 4 siblings to a single mother who is her BFF. Zoey Alina is an old hippie soul, who loves to be outdoors hiking, hammocking, kayaking on Lake Erie and skiing during the harsh Ohio winters. She is obsessed with severe weather storms (especially tornado chasing), true crime documentaries and her Jack Chi mix Koko.
Zoey Alina has dealt with mental health struggles her entire life. She first recalls going to therapy in second grade for her severe anxiety. She would be in and out of therapy for the next decade, sometimes finding it beneficial, other times finding it too anxiety inducing to relive her traumas. 5 years ago, she was diagnosed with ARFID, a form of disordered eating due to her anxiety, and a subset of anorexia. This was when she truly realized the stigma attached to mental health diagnoses and the complete and utter lack of resources for people who struggle with them. Zoey Alina’s artwork was born from the darkest times she has ever experienced, when she truly felt like things would be better if her life was over. But it also brought her out of that darkness and allowed her to express her fear, anxiety, depression and frustration in ways she never knew how to do before.
Zoey Alina Art hopes to help others out of the darkness and to find their own creative ways to not only survive but find their best version of their self. It hopes to give a voice to all people who struggle with mental health issues, and disordered eating. It aims to reduce the stigma surrounding these diagnoses and to make sure people always know that they are never in this battle alone.