I call this picture "A Portrait of Life Support" for a reason.

I call this picture "A Portrait of Life Support" for a reason.

My work is my passion. That's true for most artists, but it isn't an exaggeration to say that my work helps keep me sane. 

My name is Vince Padilla, and for the most part, I'm a pretty normal guy - I love to coach and play soccer. I have an amazing wife and three wonderful dogs in a pretty average suburb of Madison, Wisconsin.  I really enjoy Spotted Cow beer, a Wisconsin staple.

In 2013, I received a diagnosis that changed my life and my work. I have clinical depression and anxiety disorder. At times in my life, these conditions have been crippling, and I'm hardly alone in that.

Prior to my diagnosis, I had a fairly ordinary photography career. It was fulfilling, and I loved the opportunity to meet and work with new people. However, being able to put a name and an understanding to the feelings I had my entire life changed how I approached my work. Photography, specifically making pictures, had always been therapeutic, and at the suggestion of a mental health professional, I decided to make that therapeutic aspect formal.  I would make pictures that specifically speak about my mental health.

The result was the Dreams series, which has been tremendously beneficial to my mental state, and I have been incredibly humbled to learn that many other people identify with the messages the pictures contain.  I really can't express how humbling this has been. It is honestly a thrill to make something to help me understand my own experience and then to hear that what I've made has meaning to other people facing their own trials and tribulations. Each piece tells some part of what it's like for me to live with depression and anxiety, and it seems that many others can relate to what the works say. I've never felt less alone.

I am honored to have shown this body of work in several galleries and public shows, and to currently have it represented by the "O" Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee (right across the street from Antique Archaeology, the store from the television show "American Pickers.")

My wife Amy and I live with Cash, Rhea, and Julia, our three awesome dogs rescues.