I am a local artist residing in Huntsville, Ontario. I have lived here my entire life with my family. I graduated from the Life skills program at Huntsville High school in June 2017. I work part time at a retail store in town but my real passion is drawing, painting and creating images on my computer. I spend over 40 hours a week creating beautiful works of art. I am influenced by wildlife and nature. My work is inspired by the places I have read about in books and the animals that are native to these places. All of my designs are unique and original works of art.
I am highly skilled at using the Paint software program to create colourful designs. All of the textures, lines and shapes in my work are hand drawn with my computer mouse. I have honed my skill over years of practice and dedication to my work. My line of greeting cards are available at a local gallery and I am currently working on the launch of my new website, donated and created by Green Moose Media. I am supported by our local Community Living organization and I am a guest speaker at their Inclusion Tours, where the public are invited to listen and celebrate stories of success from our diverse membership.
I have had 4 art shows in the past 4 years and I am looking forward to having future shows. My work has developed over the years from hand drawn images on unprimed canvas to polished prints that really allow the viewer to experience my colourful and imaginative world. I have been supported by my mom in producing the work for my shows and through my support worker from Christian Horizons. I am still learning how to manage my budget but I have received lots of assistance through my family and Community Living. I have also received support as a student at Huntsville high school. My Life skills teachers and visual arts teachers have supported me in organizing shows, booking a space and preparing work for the show as well as publicizing my work in the community. In the past, I have received donations from The Framing Place, a local framing shop in Huntsville, who donated custom mattes for my work.
In the 2017/2018 year, I plan to advertise upcoming shows and sales through my website and through our local Community Living organization. I am applying for the Ontario Arts council’s grant for deaf persons and persons with disabilities. In the past I have borrowed funds from family to invest in the creation of my artwork. I work on a part time basis which also helps to offset some of my costs but finances continue to be a struggle as I work for minimum wage. My exposure has been limited by a lack of funds and I am looking to expand my reputation as a local artist now that I have graduated from school. I plan to apply to participate in local farmer markets, increase my gallery exposure, increase traffic to my website, organize semi-annual shows, create a documentary of my work, work on the artwork for a children’s book and continue my work as a guest speaker at our local high school and Community Living organization. I plan to continue residing in Huntsville, Ontario and focusing on increasing my exposure to our tourist market.
The work that I do is important as I am an advocate for people with disabilities and I represent the many skills and gifts of Autism. I am a positive role model for my community. As an artist I educate the public on what inclusion looks like and how my existence, as an autistic person makes the world a better place. I am dedicated to my craft and will continue to make artwork for the rest of my life as I have a natural gift for composition, colour and image making. Being an artist allows me to express myself and connect with the public. My artwork has allowed me to meet new people and become a valued member of Huntsville, Ontario.