Exploring the Intersection of Art, Autism, and ADHD

As an older, late-diagnosed Autistic + ADHD female residing in the Great Lakes region of the United States, I have found solace and inspiration in the world of visual arts and photography. These mediums have allowed me to express myself, embrace my unique perspective, and navigate the complexities of my neurodivergent mind.

One of my greatest passions is insects. Their intricate designs, vibrant colors, and fascinating behaviors have captivated me since childhood. Through my artwork, I aim to capture the beauty and complexity of these often misunderstood creatures. Each brushstroke or click of the camera shutter allows me to connect with the natural world in a profound way.

Another area of keen interest for me is gardening. It provides a therapeutic escape from the overstimulating world, allowing me to find peace and tranquility in nurturing plants. The process of carefully tending to each seedling, observing their growth, and witnessing the transformation of a bare patch of earth into a vibrant garden is truly awe-inspiring. Gardening not only feeds my soul but also provides a tangible outlet for my creativity.

Being a late-diagnosed Autistic individual, I have developed a strong interest in Autism research conducted by Autistic researchers themselves. These researchers bring a unique perspective to the field, offering insights and understanding that may have otherwise been overlooked. Their work not only contributes to the scientific understanding of Autism but also helps to validate and empower Autistic individuals like myself.

Through my journey as an artist and photographer, I have come to embrace my neurodivergent identity. I have found that my Autism and ADHD provide me with a unique lens through which I perceive the world. This perspective allows me to create artwork that is truly authentic and reflective of my experiences.

By sharing my story and my creations, I hope to inspire others, both neurodivergent and neurotypical, to embrace their own unique passions and talents. Art and photography have the power to transcend language and cultural barriers, connecting us on a deep emotional level.

Join me as I continue to explore the intersection of art, Autism, and ADHD. Together, we can celebrate the beauty of neurodiversity and foster a greater understanding and acceptance of the diverse minds that make up our world.

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