This study is situated within a self-study research methods course to scaffold doctoral students’ explorations of the intersections of their culture, and research interests using arts as a tool. Embracing the arts as a research method, the first author painted a self-portrait using the vibrant colors of Madhubani art which holds cultural significance to her. She utilized Blumer’s (1986) and Mead’s (1934) theory of symbolic interactionism to explain the process of her self-development as a researcher. Combining her self-portrait with an earlier research study proved valuable as a conduit for understanding and interpreting her work as a research methodologist. This study is valuable to others interested in studying their practice and research identity through an arts-based research method


elf -study, Arts-based Self-study, Madhubani Art, and Learning Qualitative Research


The authors would like to thank their class whose feedback and support made this work possible. Their appreciation goes to: Mary Adams-Legge, Deanna Breslin, Jennifer Magaha O’Looney, and Dawn Renee Wilcox.

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