As an older, late-diagnosed Autistic + ADHD female living in the Great Lakes region of the United States, I have found solace and expression through my passion for visual art and photography. Through my artwork, I am able to communicate my unique perspective on the world and share the beauty I find in unexpected places.
One of my greatest interests is insects. Their intricate patterns and behaviors fascinate me, and I love capturing their beauty through my camera lens. Insects have been a source of inspiration for artists throughout history, and I am no exception. Through my photographs, I hope to challenge the stereotypes often associated with insects and showcase their elegance and importance in our ecosystem.
Another passion of mine is gardening. I find great joy in cultivating a vibrant and diverse garden, filled with flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Gardening allows me to connect with nature and engage in a sensory-rich experience. The colors, textures, and scents of the plants provide a calming and grounding effect, which is especially beneficial for individuals with Autism and ADHD.
Being an artist with Autism and ADHD, I am particularly interested in Autism research conducted by Autistic researchers. It is important to amplify the voices and perspectives of those who are directly affected by Autism. By supporting and promoting research led by Autistic individuals, we can gain a more accurate understanding of Autism and develop more inclusive approaches to support individuals on the spectrum.
Art has always been a powerful tool for self-expression and communication. For me, it serves as a bridge between my internal world and the external world. Through my artwork, I can convey my thoughts, emotions, and experiences in a way that words often fail to capture. It allows me to communicate on my own terms, free from the constraints of social expectations and norms.
As an artist with Autism and ADHD, I believe in embracing neurodiversity and celebrating the unique perspectives and talents that each individual brings. By sharing my artwork and experiences, I hope to inspire others to embrace their own creativity and find their own unique ways of expressing themselves.