Stephen Peeler: I started doing art at the age of 11, although I wasn't aware of the different principles associated with it. I started out by drawing, then, as the years rolled by, I got into charcoal works, then paint. To me, art is a highly anticipated form of expression based on the formative and creative imagination, expressing the inner feelings and thoughts of one individual. I aim to continually develop a taste and increase my interest in the different forms of art.
Stephen is a recipient of a KindTree cash grant to help him create his art.
Learn more about Stephen on Facebook here.
I am sad to announce the Stephen Peeler passed away on March 9 from complications of cystic fibrosis. He was a friend and associate, a tireless creator of his special art, his unique vision. He will be missed.
His art, displayed here, remains for sale as cards and reprints, as well as some original, framed or matted pieces. All sales through August 23, the date our Friends and Family Camp ends, will go directly and fully to his family to help with end of life expenses. If you would like to make a donation with the button below, you can claim a tax deductible donation to KindTree, and we will send the full amount to his family.
Thanks for your good wishes.
I am an artist diagnosed as having PDD-NOS along with ADHD. I also have a disease which effects my retina resulting in degeneration and blindness called Retinitis Pigmentosa. Since not being able to work so much due to back trouble, I have started a daily Art Blog and so far have done over 40 artworks in three months at http://www.frankart.co.uk. Most of my art work is spontaneous and unplanned and I rarely know what I am drawing even as I draw it, often to self-enlightening results.
Alisa McLaughlin is a writer and artist living in Eugene. She was diagnosed with ASD later in life and is playing catch-up with her social skills. She's really a nice person once you get to know her. She is currently working on a novel she hopes to publish.
Hi, my name is Amber Pappas. I was born in 1967 and have struggled with Asperger's/High-Functioning Autism and Bipolar Disorder since I was 14. Although these disorders are certainly a challenge, I also consider them to be a great blessing. I have learned so much from what I've been through and I wouldn't be who I am today if I had not been born this way. My creativity comes straight from the "different" way that I think and behave. I hope you enjoy what I've created.
Barbara Moran lives in Topeka, Kansas. She is fascinated with steam engines and is a fan of "Thomas the Tank Engine." "I use real engines as models for my drawings. I call them 'choo choos'. Topeka was once a hub for these engines. I would love to talk to folks about steam engines. I've loved them since I was 5 years old."
I am 28 (2012), and I have Aspergers.
I am an athlete with Special Olympics and compete in swimming, golf, and snowshoeing.
I am also a volunteer at Greenhill Humane Society and have been there for over 10 years. My favorite things to do at the shelter are grooming the dogs and helping out in the small animal room.
Some of my hobbies include playing with my three dogs, one hamster and one bird. I also enjoy listening to music, doing puzzles, gardening, arts and crafts, and helping out at North West challenge dock diving events, which is a dog and handler sport.
Doing art helps me express my mind and emotions in a constructive way. Some of my favorite projects to do are making 3D sculptures out of stuff I find around the house, taking photos, abstract drawings. I also enjoy sewing and needlework projects. I am also learning to do jewelry. You might have even seen some of my work at the Lane County Fair.
Caleb is a creative 13-year-old who enjoys video games, Yu-Gi-Oh!, animals, photography, and horses. These photos were taken in Fall Creek, Oregon, during 2014.
Who would of thought a 13 year old little girl from Park Ridge, IL. who is non-verbal could inspire the WORLD!! But She Has!!
Our beautiful redheaded daughter Candace aka Candy is 13 years old and has severe autism. Candy is non-verbal but she is a amazing painter!! Even though Candy is non-verbal and unable to communicate through words she is able to express herself through her art and speak loudly!! We have been flooded with inquiries on Facebook about how to purchase Candy's paintings from around the Globe!! Candy's art and story has inspired, raised autism awareness and given hope to people around the WORLD! Prints of Candy's paintings are being sold through "Kind Tree-Autism Rocks Foundation". The way Candy gives back to the autism community is half of all proceeds from the sales of Candy's prints are going to help others on the autism spectrum fulfill their dreams of becoming artists.
Here is some information on Candy's Amazing Art!!
The University of California, Irvine Magazine is using my daughter Candy's "Mr. Sun" painting for the cover of their Summer 2013 issue that sheds light on UCI’s efforts to help those affected by autism!! (Attached is a pic of the magazine cover with Candy's art on it.) Here is the link to the magazine.
We wrote a song for our daughter "Candy" titled "Faith, Love & Hope". Our song has received National Attention!! Also, here is a link to a NBC news story about our Autism Awareness Song "Faith, Love & Hope" and our Autism Awareness Radio Show "The Candy Store" on Blog Talk Radio. Also, a link to our song on YouTube.
Thank You for supporting Autism Awareness!!
Faith, Love & Hope,
Robert & Sandy Waters~Candy's Mom & Dad Host's of "The Candy Store" on BTR Radiohttp://www.blogtalkradio.com/thecandystore
The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Journal & Topics Newspaper and the cover of the current issue of The Bugle Newspaper just did "Featured Articles" on our daughter Candace's amazing paintings. The article has received over 1,000+ "Likes" in a day and rising. It's Gone Viral!! We have been flooded with inquiries on Facebook about how to purchase Candace's paintings from around the Globe!! We call Candace "Candy" for short. So, we call Candy's art "Eye Candy". Here is the links to the articles.
Candace's paintings have also appeared in two art books "Artism: The Art Of Autism" and "The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions". Here is the link.
Chris Garza: Diagnosed with autism since 1995, I have been creating dramatic art photography since 2005, albeit sadly those pics, excellent as they were, are long gone. A new array of pics and subject matters have come into play, and as of late 2014 I now own a real professional-grade digital camera while collecting vintage film cameras emphasizing Brownie types. Since being added to the KindTree Artist Guild and Academy of Special Dreams artist residency in 2013, and The Art Of Autism featured artist list in 2015, I have gotten greater exposure including gallery exhibition. I am now a part of the KindTree Artist Guild Operations Team, and strive to bring the works of autistic artists including myself to a greater audience while promoting autism acceptance and appreciation of the arts while continuing to produce my own work.
Hi, my name is Chuck Roehrich.
I started doing Art when I was about 8. I got a paint by numbers for Christmas. I had art classes throughout my school years but gave it up to work. At retirement, I realized that I had never lost the desire to paint, decided to start again, and have discovered that I still could. In the past couple of years, I've done some of my best work ever. So don't give up on your dreams. They are important.
"I really love to draw. It makes me happy to show others my drawings. It gives me encouragement to try harder when they comment what they think. I enjoy drawing people and animals as it makes me happy to make others happy with whatever I draw."
"I am a perferectionist drawing and I love playing the guitar. I love animals and it makes me sad when they are treated unkindly."
"What would really make me happy is if people would give unconditional love as animals do."
Dorothy H. Bucher - Dorothy Blue Eyes - was born in Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, OR. She has lived in San Francisco also. She has Aspergers and bad arthritis. She creates beauty with fiber art as well as computer generated images. She is a recipient of a KindTree cash grant to help her create her art.
I am multi-talented. I have been writing poetry since 1999. In the beginning, I wrote as a form of self-therapy. Since moving to Eugene 2 years ago, I have started performing my more dynamic pieces in various venues such as The Jazz Station and the Whitaker Hostel.
I plan on publishing a chapbook in the near future. I have always loved words and found that I could do magical mystical things with them.
I have been creating digital art with fractal software since 2002. I find doing so to be extremely therapeutic and I hope to begin discovering new ways to create breath-taking images in the future.
Jane Strauss is a mom, a photographer, a writer, an attorney-in-remission, and an Asperger woman. She lived the first 52 years of her life unsure of why she felt uncomfortable on planet Earth, though suspecting that she inhabited the Spectrum.
After giving birth to five children, who all showed some level of atypical development, she found herself unemployed and transitioning in multiple areas of her life. Her general quirkiness, responsibilities at home, and the job market combined to render future employment a challenge at best, so she started an Nth career as a photographer. At that time she met with a psychologist at the local Autism society in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received a formal diagnosis of either High Functioning Autism or Asperger Disorder.
The diagnosis has not particularly helped her on the employment track due to her high level of education and many prejudices against and stereotypes of Aspies, but it does help in self-understanding and coping with new challenges
The books I have been working on are now complete and available! The first, A Part or Apart? is based on an exhibit about including people with disabilities in a faith community, including about 60 images from that exhibit. The second includes three discussion guides about inclusion in faith communities and a section including a number of supplemental readings. A website to add, specifically on these books, is http://www.a-part-or-apart.com.
Find more of Ms. Strauss's work here:
I like to draw sci-fi/horror kinds of things, because real life is boring and dull. The characters come from my mind, and they live in the Gworf world which I created. This world exists a long time after humans were extinct. Earth became larger and everything started to evolve quickly.
Josh Zondowicz says, "Drawing makes me feel good." When asked how he chose these drawings for the Christmas cards he replied, "These are the pictures I see in Christmas." Josh began drawing when he was a young boy. He has filled many tablets with his art over the years. All of us at school marvel over his talent.
juli krasinski: I don't remember when I first started creating, I just remember always painting or drawing or coloring something. It's my soul and my passion. I can't imagine not being able to paint. To dance a brush across a canvas. To swirl color into shapes and patterns. To breath life into realities born from my imagination. I believe in magik and love and true happiness because, I believe we make them ourselves.
Kevin Hosseini was born in 1994. In 1998, he was diagnosed with autism. Kevin started painting when he was only nine years old and has produced hundreds of beautiful, colorful paintings. In 2012, Kevin was honored to have one of his paintings "Bus or Cycle" chosen to be part of a VSA/Volkswagen of America Exhibit at the Smithsonian's S. Dillon Ripley Center in Washington D.C.
Kevin has won many awards for his art. His art has been in several book compilations about autism, in newspapers, on calendars, in magazines, on CD covers, and even on a wine label!
Kevin's art has benefited many charitable organizations.
Kevin's website is www.kevingallery.com
Hello, I am Kimberly Gerry Tucker, author of her memoir: Under the Banana Moon (living, loving, loss and aspergers) available at this link:
I am an aspergers/selective mutism'ed 46 yr old artist.
My painting "shattered image" is currently on the cover of Artism, edited by Debbie Hosseini.
My Blog is here:
Kimberly is a recipient of a 2014 Autism Rocks Artist Grant, supported by Lane Arts Council, to help her create her art.
Larry Hurst III is a self-taught artist who has great difficulty with verbal communication, with reading and writing and whose skill in mathematics is limited to adding the most basic numbers.
Nevertheless, Larry is a kind, generous and outgoing person whose multi-talents, patience and determination have enabled him to create stunning paintings, and to somehow build remarkable scale models of houses -- without the mathematical ability to make measurements.
Larry grew up in Texarkana, Texas where he taught himself to paint by looking at how-to books, through intuition and by hard work. Larry now lives in Eugene where, soon after his arrival, he was invited to take part in a KindTree Artism Autism show. It was his first exhibit and he made his first sale of a painting there. Larry has gone on to show his work at venues throughout the Eugene area and to sell many other pictures. He took part in in a Lane County Fair art show and won a prize. Larry's work is popular as far away as Orange, New Jersey, where it is displayed in the Arts Unbound gallery.
Larry also continues to build scale models of houses. He created a meticulous model of the historic three-story Shelton McMurphey Johnson House to go on display at the Eugene Public Library.
Larry is a recipient of a 2014 Autism Rocks Artist Grant, supported by the Lane Arts Council to help him create his artwork.
Leah is a recipient of a 2014 Autism Rocks Artist Grant, supported by Lane Arts Council, to help her create her art.
Marcy Deutsch was born in Hillsboro, Oregon in 1983. She is an internationally known autistic artist who considers Yelm, Washington her home. At 5 Marcy was first diagnosed with moderate high functioning autism and given a bleak outlook by the doctors. Despite all the odds piled against her she graduated Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington with a 3.7 grade point average. She also learned to fly planes even though she won’t drive a car.
It is through her art that she has learned to connect more to the world around her. Marcy’s style is unique and many feel that her exquisite artwork captures the very soul of the animals she draws.
She was the winner of the 2008 Yelm Arts Walk poster contest. She has also participated in the Olympia Arts Walk where her incredible art received the praise of all who saw it.
Her art is currently on display at Yelm City Hall in the Mayor’s office, Yelm Chamber of Commerce, Yelm Library, and Yelm Family Medicine. She has had art displayed at the Reflections Art Gallery, White Dove Art Gallery, Art Talks Art Galleries, Loft Gallery, Thurston County Juvenile Courthouse Gallery, Earth Artisan Art Gallery, Schaffer Gallery and St. Martins Art Gallery. She is currently in Heart of the Spectrum gallery in Seattle. Her cards are sold at casinos, zoos, gift stores and flower shops. She has appeared in numerous newspaper articles as well as in Bird Talk magazine and Dog Fancy. She is one of the featured artists in the book Drawing Autism and Artism: The Art of Autism. She recently received a thank you letter from the Queen of England for the print of a Corgi she sent her as well as a thank you letter from the President of the United States for the print of his dog, Bo. Her art has been in the juried art show at Princeton and at the United Nations plaza. She was 1 of only 12 autistic artists from across the country asked to be at Heroes for Autism art auction in Hollywood, in LA, Oregon and throughout Washington State. She has even sold her work to a famous Hollywood star.
As an adult dealing with autism Marcy also deals with the severe stress and anxiety that plague other adults with this disorder. The severity of the stress has caused depression and even schizophrenic-like symptoms. However despite this setback Marcy moves forward, finding that not only does her art help her relax but it helps heal as well.
What is incredible is that as a young child Marcy rarely drew, and only if she had to. It was only when a school project required all the kids to draw their favorite pet or animal that Marcy drew Tiny, her green-winged macaw. It was then that everyone realized what an incredible talent she had. Teachers in awe were amazed at her artistic rendition of the bird contacted Marcy’s parents to let them know about this savant like talent. Immediately Marcy started taking private art lessons, honing her talents. Marcy is skilled in many different medium including color pencils, oils, pastels and watercolors.
Marcy has also started a new career in addition to artistic one as a speaker at autism and mental health conferences where she continues to inspire others that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and your dreams. She tells people that just because you have a label on your head doesn’t mean that you can’t do things.
Marcy’s artistic journey is an inspiring one and gives hope to parents of other autistic children.
For more about Marcy Deutsch, visit her websites at www.crittersonthings.com.
Mary-Minn Sirag is President of KindTree-Autism Rocks and a Chapter Representative for the Autism Society of Oregon’s Lane County Chapter. She teaches art to people with disabilities through the City of Eugene. She has given talks to the Autism Society of Oregon and Northwest Autism center, as well as to University of Oregon classes and local agencies. She has received numerous awards including the Arc of Lane County’s Sarolta Nagy Award.
Melissa Dahl is a talented teen who draws comics by hand and on her computer. She lives in Eugene with her family which includes Sandy, her cat. She enjoys swimming, singing, and taking walks with friends. Her favorite theme is dragons. She is a very prolific artist. As she says, "I have a cast of thousands!"
(Some of these images were created when Melissa was only 5 or 6 years old...)
Mercedes "Sadie" McBride was diagnosed at age 16. She has three younger brothers, also with autism. Sadie loves to draw and enjoys all mediums. She especially loves Manga. She attends Idaho State University and in her spare time she reads, writes, and daydreams.
Michael draws scenes from the Lane County Fair, usually on both sides of the paper. He is also a guest at KindTree's Autism Family Camp.
Nick Gerlach likes to photograph nature, especially when he travels. Someday he hopes to travel the world. In the meantime, he works at the World Café and Bridgeway House and he volunteers at Senior Meals and Pearl Buck Preschool. Nick likes being part of KindTree and participating in the art show and the annual retreat.
I'm an Artist, Photographer, Author, Mother and I am Autistic. I have three children, two of which are on the spectrum. My art and photography is collected around the world and my short stories and poetry have been published many times in several languages. I am currently writing and illustrating a children's novel based on my "The Realm of Ever'ee Dae". The primary mediums I work in are ink, colour pencil, and watercolours. I am an avid supporter of Autism and Cancer research and often donate my work and time to raise money and awareness. For more information, please check out my website: http://www.norablansett.com
Perry Creates his art at the OSLP Arts & Culture parogram. He is excited to be in the Autism Artism 2013 show.
"I've come along way from the 14 year old artist that was diagnosed with autism. I dreamed of capturung big insects in Nairobi, of giraffes I saw in Africa and Cats from the underworld. I wish you luck in finding the perfect portrait or greeting card from my KindTree art collection."
Rhonda is a recipient of a KindTree - Autism Rocks grant to help her create her art.
I am Sophie Doleman, a 16-year-old high school student at Pleasant Hill High School in Oregon. I was diagnosed with HFA/Asperger's Syndrome two years ago when I first moved to the Eugene area. Art brings me joy and relaxes me at the end of a long day; it is my passion. My favorite medium is digital art, in which I draw using an Intuos 4 and Cintiq Companion pen tablet, and my brushstrokes are transferred to Photoshop and Paint Tool SAI. I also enjoy many other media, including acrylic, pencil, pen, Copic marker, watercolor, pastel, and even some clay. I love exploring new ways to make art, and I take classes at Lane Community College to learn everything I can about the different media. I aspire to be a concept artist, graphic designer, animator, or perhaps an illustrator.
Kawi Chantayanon is 29 years old. Currently he is working as a service staff at True Corporation Public Company Limited, a communication company in Thailand.
Kawi was diagnosed with moderate autism when he was 8 years old. However, he could use words to communicate and has a very good memory. Kawi has had an interest in art and music since a young age.
Kawi loves to draw from what he sees and from his imagination. Every time he draws, he feels very happy and proud. His drawings and prints are sold to support youth with special needs at Thai Autism Vocational School. Kawi also loves to play piano, electone and Thai xylophone. He is a founding member of a Thai traditional music band called “Arun-Chandra”.
Aradia Farmer is a train chaser. Well, she doesn't exactly chase them, just once in a while...
On the slow moving Coos Bay line along the Siuslaw River, Aradia and her team will do a time exposure at one dirt road crossing, then race ahead to the next crossing to set up another shoot. This is but one...
Aram Wassermiller is 20 years old and lives in Eugene, Oregon. He loves to cook and enjoys music, roller skating, art, and walks on the beach.
Arthur is a teenager self-taught artist and he has autism. Art gave him a way of showing his feelings the way he perceives the world around him. He is unpredictable and funny with a great imagination, taking him on a wild journey, exploring everything he touches. He uses paper, crayons, markers and watercolors. Every painting has a story that take you on an adventure. It is a vision on a wild journey with no rules and no directions. Authur's style is outsider and naive. He invites you to join him and collect his art. You can find his art at: arthursimo.etsy.com
Ben Iorio is an adult with autism. He loves to paint, draw and write stories. His knowledge of Civil War and American history inspires what he paints, although he has recently begun expanding his subject matter. He expresses his personality through his art.
Ben draws almost exclusively Civil War images. Many more are available - contact KindTree for more.
Ben is interested in acting, music and art. He likes movie characters that inspire his acting. He is thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Autism Artism show.
Bryon Youngblood: I want to show how creative people like me can be when it comes to art!
Hmmm. . .
I am a native born Oregonian born: 1961
Attended Centennial High School 1976-1980
After High School joined the army 1980-1984
Studied Broadcast Communication at MHCC 1985-1987
Worked in a variety of jobs never lasting longer than two years. 1987-1997
Studied for and obtained EMT certification at Clackamas CC 1997-1999
Unemployed Artist since 2001
Claire Athens is a high school student in Portland, OR. She loves all animals, great and small. In addition to having house pets over the years, she has done extensive volunteer work at various animal shelters in Portland. She has groomed and socialized cats at Animal Aid and walked dogs at Pixie Project and Family Dogs New Life Shelter. Claire has been drawing animals for years and enjoys drawing animals more than people. She says making a drawing of a human is hard. She also loves the fact that there are so many varieties of animals on Earth. This gives her a lot of material to practice her skills.
My name is D.J. Svoboda. I am the creator of the Imagifriends of Imagiville. The Imagifriends of Imagiville are based on the experiences I have faced during times at school. There were days at school when I was made fun of, and when I was picked on and treated mean. Those made me feel very sad and hurt. That is how I got the idea of the Imagfriends of Imagiville...D.J.
You can see more of "Imagiville" here.
Dani Bowman Bio (1995, La Canada, CA)
Dani Bowman is a 16 year old junior in high school with autism and a love of animation, illustration, and creating fun entertainment for children of all ages. Dani founded Powerlight Studios at age 11, and has been working professionally since age 14, partnering with Joey Travolta, and teaching animation to others with autism at his summer camp program. Dani has a full slate of regular high school classes with a 3.8 GPA. Dani aspires to be the Temple Grandin of her generation, working to change the world's perception of autism and demonstrate all of the special abilities that people with autism have while striving for acceptance and integration within society and employing others with ASD at Powerlight Studios. Visit Powerlight Studios at www.powerlight-studios.com.
Most everything I create is like building a new invention. I am a creative artist with tons of imagination in different kinds of flavors. Autism does not halt me from expanding my universe. Because I'm Autistic, I have been surrounded by static, which makes it hard to make friends and to be social, but I work hard to find the way out of the ominous jungle to find the sunlight. Who am I? I'm the visual thinker Dani Bowman, the diva of my imaginary world...that I want to share with you.
Danielle lives in Eugene and works at Lane Community College. She is a prolific artist.
David Olson lives in Eugene. David is studying Biological Sciences at Lane Community College to become an entomologist. He practices Karate and relaxes with role-playing video games.
David Reed is a fifteen-year-old artist, who loves drawing and painting, going to school, and listening to music. His favorite topics are street lights, elevators, and interstates.
I am a fifty-six-year-old autistic man who was formally diagnosed about twenty years ago. A couple of years ago, I was employed only two days a week, so, to keep from going stir crazy on my days off, I began to paint abstract art. For the most part, I am a self taught outsider artist.
Born 1981, Risho Le Zion, Israel.
Uniqueness of Elad stood out from infancy. Motor development, cognition and speech were always very high and he was defined as a gifted child, but hyperactive. At age 4, a medical cause of hyperactivity clearly was diagnosed as PDD. Elad was incorporated in autistic children.
This phase began with Elad's regression, especially behavioral and speech. As an adult he was diagnosed as PDD with slight mental retardation.
Elad is captivating, able to function independently, very empathetic to his family and those close to his heart.
Grains of Elad's art skills were, in his early childhood, his illustrations in children's books, which I used to read and tell him. The next step, was "Creating Books" of his self, then children's stories and books for Christmas by combining all the themes of the holiday. Having painted put them into a book.
Elad's encounter with Mrs. Tova Ben Margi, (an artist in her own right, curator of exhibitions, artistic projects conducted at the Holon Municipality) was very fruitful. Elad faced painting techniques, types of paints and other issues. It disturbs him and he paints very exciting paintings, through which we can learn about the rich inner world, deep and saturated. Things that can not express in words.
Erik Estabrook is an autistic poet who writes with deep emotion.
He has always had a grasp of the written word and has written 5 published books.
My name is Ethan Anderson. I am inspired by nature, especially the life cycle of butterflies. Through colored pencil and watercolors, I capture the brilliance and beauty of the Lepidoptera.
Here are many of images from Frank Flanders. We have some of them available beautifully framed. Call for more information.
Frank Flanders enjoys shooting videos of events and listening to classical music. His paintings are enjoyed by customers all over the country. Frank now lives and works in California.
My name is Graham Bailey. I am a 27 year old, married man who recently was diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder, an Anxiety Disorder, and a mild case of Asperger's Syndrome. Recently I had a breakdown after doing a series of paintings and sculptures. This is some of my work.
This is a video of my multi-media self-portrait.
Hannah Pfrang lives in Wetmore, Kansas. She is 25 (2011).
Hannah likes to paint rainbows. She started painting when she was in high school. She loves the color green and doing art with her grandmother and her mom.
Painting makes Hannah feel calm. She also enjoys photography and loves all kinds of music while rocking in her favorite green chair.
Henry Lancaster is a 19 year old aspiring artist from Cottage Grove. He participates in KindTree’s Cottage Grove support group. Henry's mission as an artist is "to learn to refine my art. I'm just starting as an artist, to learn about all art forms." Henry appreciates color wheels and strives to get his ideas onto paper in order to communicate.
Henry is a recipient of a 2014 Autism Rocks Artist Grant, supported by Lane Arts Council, to help him create his art.
Hunter McBride is 11 years old (2010) and lives with PDD-NOS. He has been drawing since he was 4. If left to his own devices, he would draw morning, noon and night. He captures the world around him in a different light. While his expressive speech is poor, just give him a pen and it unlocks the door. He is fascinated with detail and movement, nature and sounds. Hunter is a creative boy to have around!
Jacynthe Geschke (pronounced Ja-ssant), 29 years old, has been painting for about a year. She lives in Canada in her own suite with her dog Max, and is currently attending college full time. Her goal for the year is to successfully complete her course at Douglas College and sell her paintings and cards at multiple locations.
Jaden Roche is six years old and loves to draw and write. He started writing legibly before he was three and has been actively drawing since around age four. One of his favorite subjects is desk lamps, and much of his inspiration is from Disney/Pixar movies.
Jessica has created a group of kids called "Kandy and the Magic Lab Gang." These kids go on many adventures that Jessica creates. Her hopes and dreams are to one day turn these into a cartoon series or feature length movie/cartoon.
She almost always draws in pen, which leaves little room for mistakes. Living in a small town, finding people to assist her in pursuing her dreams is difficult. I hope with exposure someone will recognize her talent and offer suggestions or help.
Jody John Ramey is a dancer/choreographer with interests in a wide variety of artistic genres (dancing, music, painting, etc.). It is his belief that the individual genres will eventually blur together, making it harder to separate them into distinct categories. He is also working on a book, Autistics Guide to Dating/Courting, with his wife, Emilia Murry Ramey. This will probably be released through Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2008.
Videos available for $15. Send me a message with your address for one.
My name is joseph im a autistic half breed Sioux indian living in a small attic i filled with books about lit and philosophy.
this is my video art. here you will find many found footage pieces as well as films i made.
this is my second channel my other was deleted due to some prude who didn't like artist nudity
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in talking more about my videos there is a ongoing discussion about my videos here
feel free to debate discourse and talk
About Me: my name is joseph taylor
i was born among the wet rotting factorys in the black forests of tacoma washington
under the shadow of mount tahoma
born form a laktoa sioux dad anda irish mom
i lived on the pyloulp rez for a few eyars of my life growing up among shacks poverty .
Josh Breedlove is non-verbal and uses art to make his needs known. He enjoys all outside activities, especially riding his quad as well as all kinds of animals, especially tigers. His joy for life brings a smile to all who know him. His favorite holidays are Christmas and Kiwanis Camp.
Josh Dawson: I started taking photographs when I was 9 years old. I really enjoy experimenting with different angles and lighting. My flower pictures were taken at Owen Rose Garden in Eugene, Oregon.
Kelly lives in Eugene and works at Lane Community College. She is a prolific artist.
Kim Miller is a freshman in college. "I create art to be united with my unique culture. Through my autism, I am influenced by the information I gather with my senses. Art comes naturally to me, like breathing. I inhale what I see, hear, feel... and exhale its beauty."
Kim is a recipient of a KindTree cash grant to help her create her art.
Kim Miller, along with Elizabeth King, has a new illustrated book out, "Apples for Cheyenne."
Read more here.
Kwame lives at home with his Mom, takes a weaving class at Lane Community College, and a painting class at the Hilyard Community Center. Kwame loves to travel; by air, sea, train, any mode of transportation will do. His goal is to live on his own someday.
Hi, my name is Kwang. I am from South Korea.
I took care of dairy cows and became very fond of them. So I like to put cows in my paintings. I also like to paint cats and dogs.
I enjoy working in the dirt planting vegetables and flowers, so sometimes I put them in my painting, too.
I love bright colors because they make me happy. I hope you have the same feeling when you see my paintings.
Macario Perkins is 9 years old and wants to be a design engineer when he grows up. His favorite subject (in school) is math, and he loves superheroes and legos. On his quest to see all fifty states, Macario has visited the White House, Myrtle Beach, and the Empire State Building, among other places. His favorite foods are French toast, chocolate ice cream, and burgers from Five Guys.
I love art because it is a way to express your feelings - freedom from having to use words. I have loved and done art for as long as I can remember.
Maranda Russell is an artist, author and poet who also happens to have Asperger's Syndrome (a kind of high-functioning autism). She has won several awards and honors for her writings and artwork. She spends most of her time reading, writing, drawing, watching cartoons, hanging out with her family, playing with her 6 cats, enjoying nature, browsing local bookstores and doing other fun, nerdy stuff. For more information about Maranda, her books or her artwork, please visit her blog/website, www.marandarussell.com.
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Michael McJunkin, age 13 (2008), lives in Central Pennsylvania with his parents, older brother, two cats and tropical fish. He loves swimming, the beach, mini golf, movies, bowling, sledding, and honors art at school. He prefers "seeing to reading" but is getting ready to read more in Junior High School. Nickelodeon has his favorite television shows, and Mario is the star of his favorite video games. He loves laughing and making people laugh. Michael doesn't know what he wants to do when he grows up but he would love to live on the beach.
Molly Nicole's love of writing inspirational poetry began when she was a teenager. Her motivation to write has been love, empathy, lessons from others, and her connection with the earth and animals. When she was a young adult she found out that she had Asperger's Syndrome. In 2007 she started volunteering with an animal rescue group and at the pound, seeing the need for efforts to get animals out of jail before they were euthanized. Making videos of pets to use in online ads seemed to be one of the most effective tools she could use, and from there a passion for creative video making unfurled. In 2009 she adopted a pit bull (named Kiddo) from the pound who helped her overcome challenges in her life. Kiddo gave her the confidence to overcome her fear of driving on roads with high speed limits, hence opening her world and giving her the ability to explore Oregon. It turned into her favorite activity! Kiddo is her kindred spirit and Molly Nicole is a pit bull advocate. They reside in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. The proceeds of this book go to Canine Miracle Rescue. Her website is at www.MollyNicolesWorld.weebly.com
One poem from "Inspirational Poetry for Peace":
Death Row Angel
Death row angel walks up and down the pound's isle
Seeing desperate dogs' eyes longing for her touch
They know her well
She reaches her arms through the bars
Alix gives herself
To each dog on death row
They anticipate her putting the leash around their neck
For their time in the yard
With her is their little vacation away from dog hell
And to her there is nothing better
Than seeing a pound dog run
As she spends long, quality one on one time
She loves and gets to know who they truly are
Without judgments or bitterness
She really looks into their soul,
And sees their sweetness, specialness,
And good in each one
Making them feel they are important to someone
She is faithful to see them every week
Shedding tears for what she knows will happen
Giving a special bone to them when their time is near
She is a death row angel
Giving herself, her dreams at night to them,
Giving of her hope, emotions,
Her life, her troubled mind,
So that they can have moments of happiness.
Some days at the pound her heart stops beating for a moment
When she hears that a precious dog has died
She is crushed and feels killed
But if she could see how they still think about her
And how special she was and is to them
She would know just how truly important she is
As a death row angel.
-2009 Molly Nicole
MOO | Monika Mori
was born in 1960 in Moedling (Austria) and had formal trainings by Prof. Anneliese Beschorner. Since 2008, her work has been internationally exhibited and is included in major and private collections.
MOO interpretes - as Goethe remarked - the art as a mediator of the unspeakable. She communicates through her works and wants to re-animate, in the native word-sense! Monika Mori, known as the artist MOO, works with bold colors and strokes, allowing free elements of drips and dashes to bisect her canvases. Her works are highly expressive – she has always wanted the world to hear what she has to say, and these artistic communications embody her emotions, experiences and her delight at the interaction with color. For Mori, color is liberating. Only through art can one mediate the unspeakable, so this allows for a greater freedom within a work. It is a language unto itself and there is merit to all interpretations. The subtle earth palette glows from the surface of the canvas and illuminates the striking dripped forms. Their uneven linear progress forms crowds, forests, circuitry – they travel and lead us on through the painting and beyond. The strength of these paintings reflects the strength of Mori herself, and the intensity of the message she has to convey.
Monika Mori currently lives in Austria and Florida, United States.
NERI AVRAHAM STATEMENT January 2012
I usually begin a new painting with a random brush strokes of colors, then working responding to the rhythm of the music and the direction the paintings leads me.
exploring with a variety of methods of applying acrylic color on raw canvas and looking for new combinations that I never done before.
What my interest is…” to play with the colors and see what would happen if ….“.
I like Art , it is a way for me to share how I Feel.
At other times it appears that the painting already knows what it wants and I listen, watch …
One of my teachers once said to me “ your brushes are very smart , why don’t you let them do the work?”
For me painting is allowing me to become more comfortable with uncertainty and unpredictability;
Painting spontaneously has been beneficial; It encourages my mind to be quit and it helps me to have no concern for the approval of others .
At younger age I used watercolors; The changing light of day the moods it creates were the foundations of my watercolors, with a primary subjects places in Israel
Painting with acrylics, it is very different; My paintings usually start with a color idea, then evolve into compositions in which color is the primary subject .
To me, art is a way to share my personal feelings, the subject and the colors that I like
I take pride in my art and I am always interested in learning and exploring new mediums.
my son's name is Neri Avraham
He is 21 and he is autistic
I am an artist and published poet. I now live in Eugene and write poems of my hikes and my time at the Jazz Station Club. I am not formally diagnosed autistic.
Noah Erenberg: I have been a painter since 1990. I paint because it makes me feel wonderful. I like to work outside and look around my neighborhood at the trees, the ocean and the surfers, I have a studio in my house and my artist friends come over and inspire me to paint, They make me happy that I am an artist. With every good painting I make, I become a better artist.
My favorite colors are red, blue and pink. I like to paint abstract paintings because I like bright colors and crazy shapes. Abstract painting reminds me of hip hop music. The abstract shapes come out of my head. Abstract means "from my head."
I was invited to join an international exhibition of visionary art called INTERNAL GUIDANCE SYSTEMS. This show has traveled to many galleries around the world from 2006 to 2008. The curators are Colin Rhodes from Great Britain and Anne Grgich from Seattle, WA.
Here is a link to my Saatchi page which shows a lot of my art: http://www.saatchionline.com/erenberg88
I became interested in photography at the age of twelve and I took my first ever photo with an Ilford camera (circa 1967) and I had a Polaroid two years later which really proved an instant hit for me. For many years, up until 2004, I was happy taking photos with non-digital cameras and to send off my films to Truprint and store them in the good old-fashioned photo albums. I still have a number of these. The added bonus of a digital camera is that however many photos I take of a particular view, in a bid to find the best shot, I cannot use up the film. I have recently joined a Camera Club where I live and this has proved a very good Source to share and mix with other photographers. I hope to attend a Course at my local Community College to learn more how to use my Photoshop Elements. The photo that you have so kindly accepted was taken both naturally and instantly. I had to elevate myself on a caravan step to clear the roof of my neighbour’s Conservatory in Uckfield, East Sussex,UK
Poominun is an outsider artist based in Bangkok, Thailand. He was born and raised in Bangkok. Later, he came to the United States to pursue a bachelor degree in history. Poominun has a service mind and a kind heart. He loves to help other people, similar to all the heroes he admires. He is currently a teaching assistant for English language classes in Bangkok.
My Drawing Experience: "I started drawing in elementary school. At first I became interested and fascinated in drawing. First I began to draw basic pictures or stick persons. After that, I did not get the opportunity to draw again for a few years. Until staff coach named Gift come to teach me at Autistic Thai Association in Bangkok last year in 2014, she taught me how to draw and she also told me that I can draw anything that I like or enjoy drawing the most. So I chose to draw some pictures of Marvel superheroes and animals. Later at home, I began to draw complex drawings of buildings, cars, trees and people which at first I’m not familiar or don’t know how to draw people or buildings properly. But when I started drawing a few more pictures, I became more skillful and enjoyed drawing even more. But I have a few minor corrections to make in some of my drawings which is a good thing. It gives me some practice into drawing some really great pictures in the future. For example, I drew Marvel superheroes (The Avengers) like Captain America, Hawkeye and Iron Man which I think they looked quite perfect and beautiful in my opinion. The reason that I draw Captain America and Iron Man because I loved the characters and their cinematic portrayals in the Marvel movies, for example, the latest being Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron."
Rachel has been a KindTree - Autism Rocks camper and talent show star for many years. These are her first entries in our Art Program.
Rachel Lee has enjoyed drawing since she first learned to use a pencil when she was four. Art lessons and lots of practice have filled her hours for many years.
Now her business, Critter Corner Cards, has its own website and offers note cards in boxed sets of ten. She also prepares an annual calendar for sale.
She lives in Springfield with her family and an assortment of pets.
January Special: A few of Rachel's 2011 calendars, Forever Friends, are still available at a closeout price of $10 plus shipping. If you are interested go to www.crittercornercards.com and check out the calendar page. This offer only good while supplies last.
Reneé lives in Springfield, Oregon. She is a proud mom of a beautiful daughter. She has a cat named Angel.
Ricky Falk is 20 years old and lives on a farm with his family in Junction City, Oregon. He is good at reading and enjoys videos, especially Disney classics. He attends the Transition West Vocational Program.
Riley is also a frequent guest at KindTree - Autism Rocks Camp / Retreat every August. Riley loves the girls - and they love him back!
Roberta Abady is 43 years young (2013), relishing friends and activities at KindTree - Autism Rocks and other outstanding Eugene organizations. Roberta expresses a life-time of epilepsy and autism through meticulous abstract drawing. Her command of compositioon and color are remarkable, as is daily celebration of life now that siezures have been controlled and autistic limitations are lessening.
My 6 year-old son, Ronan James, has been creating beautiful pieces since he was a toddler! We have an etsy site where we sell his work, with 10% of the proceeds donated to various autism charities, including kindtree.org!
Ronan was given a diagnosis on the autism spectrum at a very early age. One of the first things we noticed that led us to seek medical care was Ronan's obsession with "drawing". Long before he could grasp a writing instrument, he would take one finger and "draw" in the air with it. When he started speaking at around the age of two, we realized that he had decoded the alphabet and could read! He was drawing letters in the air. Not only could he read, he knew how to count and add/subtract, recognized all 50 states with capitals, memorized the entire map of Africa and could locate most countries on a globe, etc. etc.
We taught him how to hold crayons and paint brushes, and off he went creating beautiful paintings and drawings. His latest passion is photography.
We donate 10% of our sales to autism research! Ronan loves custom work, just convo us! READ OUR BLOG!! READ OUR BLOG!! READ OUR BLOG!! www.ronanjames.wordpress.com This represents a very small portion of his gallery, more can be viewed at www.ronanjames.etsy.com
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Ryan is 10 years old (2009) and is already a great artist! He is particularly good with oil pastels…
Ryo Mastrogiovanni is a painter/illustrator based in Eugene, Oregon, with a focus on jazz musicians.
Born on July 16, 1979 in Osaka, Japan, Ryo was diagnosed with autism as a child. His jazz-loving father strongly influenced Ryo’s love for jazz when he was growing up. His portraits are simple, yet vividly capture the personality of the subject. He moved to Eugene, Oregon, USA with his family at age 11, where he now lives. His younger brothers Rei and Ken are both musicians.
Ryo is also a volunteer at MECCA, a local nonprofit arts organization dedicated to diverting materials out of the waste stream and into our community's creative endeavors.
Visit Ryo's facebook page!
Saige Donaldson is a 14 year old (2013) sefl taught artist who has autism. Living in Eugene for the past 7 years, Saige enjoys painting, dancing, gardening, cooking and being out doors. She is inspired by bright colors and is often smiling gleefully in her creative calm space.
I'm Sawyer. I like to draw. The reason I draw monsters is because they can be anything, anyplace, and do anything. If you're going to draw monsters, you have to be creative.
My name is Scott Jackson & I’m a 38 year old husband & father who has Asperger’s Syndrome. I live in the state of Maine, U.S.A. I began drawing at the age of six.
From the ages of 6-15, I was abused & isolated. My closet became my hide-away & my pen & paper was my escape. My life experiences are as evident in my artwork as they are in my poetry, music & writings. My sincere desire is that people will get a glimpse into my heart, soul & mind & never underestimate the incredible talents & abilities of each who has a different-ability.
Sean Brian Higgins: Greetings and Salutations, everyone. My name is Sean B. Higgins and I do not identify as an artist. I do not waste time dabbling in the arts, at least not too much. To be honest I prefer writing fan fiction, or writing in general, to painting. However, this painting was created for a school assignment and, since I actually like how it turned out, I've decided to present it to the public. Still, I'd much rather spend my time working on physics, mathematics, and computers. That is all.
My name is Sina. I am 10 years old and autistic. I live with my parents in Vienna/Austria.
I am non-verbal und communicate with single words or pictures. I often use computer (Internet) to show my parents what I have to say.
I have a lot of hobbies.
I love music (Music is my life). I hear that all the time and sing or hum the melody.
Drawing and painting give me a way of showing my feelings. I cannot speak but can speak with the world around me with my art.I am cheerful, quick, friendly and independent.
Suzie Noel Duncan-Winn is a delightful, happy and compassionate seven year old girl. She is also a very talented and budding artist. Bonnie Dawn and Michael Lee are her “forever parents.” They adopted her from the Oregon State Foster Care System through P.L.A.N. (Plan Loving Adoptions Now) out of McMinville, Oregon, four years ago.
Bonnie describes the first few years with Suzie as an Anne Sullivan-Helen Keller scenario. Slowly but profoundly Suzie Noel started “joining our world.” Bonnie recalls vividly how Suzie wanted to have nothing to do with paper, pencils, crayons, etc., those first two years. Then on an airline flight two years ago, Bonnie started sketching on a napkin to entertain Suzie, who had become very restless. Almost immediately Suzie became totally engaged and calmed down.
Not only did she watch but she took the pen and began to draw what Bonnie had sketched, adding her own perspective and flair. When they arrived home Bonnie took out sidewalk chalk and showed Suzie how to look at a flower and draw it. Again, Suzie took the chalk and started creating her own. An inner peace enveloped her and when they went inside Suzie requested paper to draw on for the first time! She was five and a half. To date, it is still her favorite passion and is therapy for her soul. The rest is her-story for Suzie has been a prolific artist ever since. Starting with rudimentary stick figures, progressing to characters with advanced detail and three dimensional perspective, uncommon for so young a child, Suzie is truly in her element when drawing.
Read more at www.suzline.com.
Talon is an eighth grader at Kennedy Middle School. He enjoys drawing, looking for gems and minerals, science class, chemistry, astronomy, Lego Robotics Club, and especially the computer game Minecraft!
Thanasi is 12 years and was adopted at the age o 6 months from Kazakhstan. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of 22mths. Thanasi spent years in therapy learning how to speak and communicate. He is in a regular classroom with supports and is going to enter middle school. He has been drawing since the age of 5 or 6 and his style is continuing to change in develop. He is self taught through the use of DVD's, books and You tube. His favorite markers are Sharpies and Prisma Color.
Bio coming soon...
Watercolor, fingerpaints, life swirls...
Vijay is a 25 year old (2101) non-verbal man with autism who communicates with a canvas He has won one national award through the University of San Diego and one state award through West Virginia University for his abstract art and color choices. His designs vary and his emotions dictate his color choices. Vijay has sold his artwork on Ebay and donated his canvas painting every year for the annual Walk for Autism
Ben Kilber: "I take pictures of everything. I like taking pictures of my family and my dog, as well as electronic equipment I am working on. I like taking pictures of nature."
Ben is 19 years old. Reading and writing are very difficult for him. However, Ben is very gifted mechanically. He has taught himself much about electronics, heating and air conditioning, auto mechanics, computers, sound amplification, as well as lighting. His hope and dream is to become employed in a technical or mechanical field.
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