Artist Link Directory

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38 results

Alexander Roa

Emerging, Origami, Teaching

As a coping mechanism to the stress I started doing origami and other crafts compulsively. As paper was cheap and easy to come by, most crafts involved paper in some way shape or form… What was once a necessity and coping mechanism is now a hobby and done strictly for enjoyment.

I am an origami artist, I have just started to sell my work in addition to teaching. With Covid, and due to the fact that I teach in person, I have temporarily stopped teaching. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roaorigami/

Allison Wright

Mixed Media

FrameWright is a micro-enterprise owned by Allison Wright. This business is located in the restored Eno River Cotton Mill, Hillsborough. Together with her father and alongside other artisans, Allison produces one-of-a-kind handcrafted mirror frames, small ornaments, chalkboards and sells wood products made by a CNC. This is a computerized router. All these items are finished using old world techniques, as is still used by art museums.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrameWright

Angela Dawson

Emerging, Mixed Media, Painting

I use bold colors and fluid strokes, delineated by textures, and words that grip and hold the senses; to convey the story of my community. My paintings, books, and collages draw on mysterious and whimsical images to speak about serious subjects; and the reality of my existence… My art is documentation of the abandon of our music, of swaying hips, the clarion call for success and the strength of character that is born in pain but still the will to dance, our smile, an eternal rhythm that belies time. I am a Mixed- Media Artist because I could not choose one way to express myself. When you have read one of my short stories, books or viewed one of my collages or paintings; I hope you feel motivated, or at the very least, to inspire or cultivate a smile; you have unlocked the secret, and I have done my job.

Ann Millett-Gallant

Painting, Professional

I am a congenitally disabled woman and survivor of traumatic brain injury. I am an art historian and disability studies scholar.

Website: https://www.annmg.com/

Barbara Silver

Ceramics, Professional

The beauty of nature inspires me. I am legally blind, and love working with Clay. My work is mostly wheel throne and altered. Meant to be used as functional pottery. But I do some garden sculptures. I began losing my site about 40 years ago. The joy Of working with clay at every stage is a never ending attraction to me.

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChapelHillPottery

Bernard Liles

Aspiring, Illustration (Pen & Paper)

I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember. Drawing helps me view the world in a different way. As I go through my day I’m always seeing what to draw next.

ComMotion Dance

Dance, Professional, Teaching

At ComMotion, Community In Motion, we believe that everyone should get a chance to experience the many benefits of movement and dance. Dance fosters a sense of well-being, community, mastery, and joy. ComMotion was founded in 2018 by a cancer survivor and disabled veteran who found health and happiness through learning to dance and wanted to give that same opportunity to others in need. The organization has been steadily growing and since 2018 has taught over 350 dance and movement classes for more than 12,000 people of all ages and abilities, including military veterans, cancer survivors, seniors, kids, and people with disabilities. We have had students from preschool age to over 90 years old, and with a wide range of physical and cognitive abilities.

Because our mission is to make dance and movement accessible to everyone, we bring our classes directly to the communities that we serve. Our programs are completely portable and adaptable to nearly any space, and can be taught in both English and Spanish. We have partnered with local organizations to offer our classes on-location, making it easy for our students to participate.

Website: https://www.commotionnc.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ComMotionNC

Diana Reed Cook

Aspiring, Painting

I have no formal art education but took local group lessons. Frequent moves (military family, having 3 children and horses) left little painting time. When I moved to NC in 2007, I saw acrylic painting offered at the wake forest senior center. I belong to the WFGA and franklin county art council. Low vision plus lack of organization and trapotation are things I struggle with. Painting is my God given gift that gives me much joy and hopefully to others!

Diantha Lopes

Emerging, Music

I have been singing since the age of 9 in musicals. Talent shows. Weddings. Choral groups and churches in the states of North Carolina, Georgia, Hawaii, and California. I presently have end stage kidney disease and take dialysis 3 days a week but I have decisions to not let that stop me from pursuing my dream. I have let go of depression about my situation and shall continue to move forward in what I would like to do.

DJ Svoboda

Illustration (Pen & Paper), Professional

I am an Autistic Artist. I have created characters called the Imagifriends. The live in a land called Imagiville. In Imagiville, everyone is accepted just as they are and there is no bullying or teasing.

Website: https://myimagiville.com/

Line drawing of a Big Bird like figure, made up of small puzzle piece like shapes. Text written in pencil next to head reads "set your mind on the things above!!!"

Erin Bradford

Jewelry

I fist learned how to make jewelry after becoming legally blind. I began with wire wrapping, moved to bead stitch and now moving towards metalsmithing. I also dabble in crafts such as flower making. I love the challenge.

Erin Reams

Emerging, Mixed Media, Visual Arts

I am a brain tumor survivor who hates labels. My Mom told me that I am special needs but everyone is special. I really love animals so I think it is important to keep trash and waste out of the environment. For this reason, I like to use a lot of recycled materials in my pieces. Art gives me joy because I like working with my hands and using vibrant colors. Sometimes I look at a piece thinking it’s amazing that someone created that and think maybe I can make something like it, too.

Essence B. Scott

Emerging, Literary Arts

Essence Breshanté Scott is a writer living in Goldsboro, North Carolina. A native of Mercer County, New Jersey, Ms. Scott began writing by choice when she was twelve years old to keep herself together and remain hopeful within a dysfunctional and impoverished home environment. Essence lives with autism and mental illness. She is a graduate of Nottingham High School (2009) and Mercer County Community College (A.A. Liberal Arts, 2019). Her writing has been published in the Kelsey Review, Drumbeat, Open, The Streetlight, and The Wall. You can learn more about Essence online at https://www.eoflifepublishing.wordpress.com.

Website: eoflifepublishing.wordpress.com

Gillian Fink

Emerging, Painting

Inspiration comes when you least expect it. For Gillian, a young woman with intellectual disabilities, it all started a little over ten years ago when she was working on a giant jigsaw puzzle of brightly colored tropical fish. As she worked the puzzle she thought she would like to make a painting of the parts that she liked. Her first painting of the jigsaw puzzle turned out as she had hoped. And so her journey began.

Website: https://www.gillianfink.com/

Jacob Clayton

Aspiring, Emerging, Mixed Media, Photography

My first and truest love is music, but I’ve always been enchanted with the various forms of artistic expression. In recent years, at the suggestion of a therapist, I have begun studying and practicing visual arts on a much more serious level. I aim to use photography and mixed media as means to communicate what it has been like living for decades as a closeted transgender man in America. Through art, I am finally able to reveal the debilitating mental illness that has plagued me my entire life. Through art, I am finally beginning to heal.

Current projects include Deprivation of Self, Portraits, which expands the vocabulary of photo-based art to challenge gender identity, expression, and expectation – from every side. And Sustained Trauma, a therapeutic journey through dissociation and the road to gather and assemble the reclaimed pieces of a life.

Website: https://jacobclayton.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jacobclaytonartist/

Kaitlin Briggs

Aspiring, Ceramics, Painting

As an art therapist I have been involved in many studio arts… My favorite and most extensive experience is in ceramics and pottery. Uniquely, I understand some of the struggles of persons with disabilities as I myself struggle with my own loss of vision. It would be my honor and privilege to teach, be a helping hand, asset, and friend to all with an artistic interest.

 

Karen Miller Anderson

Fibers, Mixed Media, Photography, Professional

Karen Miller Anderson received her B.F.A. from the College of the Dayton Art Institute. A former Art and Commercial Art teacher, she left teaching after being introduced to the then emerging computer graphics technology. She pursued her M.S. at Middle Tennessee State University in Engineering Technology, specializing in computer enhanced graphics. Dr. Miller Anderson enrolled in the Textile Technology Management Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles in 2001. She completed all requirements for her Ph.D. and officially received her diploma, on August 10, 2006. All of her work is signed as K.M. Anderson. Dr. Miller Anderson can currently be found in her studio working on her photography, metal-smithing or fiber-art.

Although, she has been doing photography most of her life, she also creates jewelry, often, using unusual materials such as, broken china, playing cards, tins and other media.

Website: http://www.kmamakesart.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kmamakesart
Instagram: www.instagram.com/kmamakesart 
Zazzle online store: https://www.zazzle.com/store/drmilleranderson

Kim Tyler

Emerging, Painting

I am inspired by colors, contrast, and the splendor of nature. I am primarily an acrylic landscape painter. However, I will branch out to other subjects and mediums, but I have always returned to interpreting beautiful skies, watery reflections, and majestic trees. Painting has been a hobby of mine for most of my life. I have had training in art both private and some classes, but it has been minimal and largely informal. I am legally blind, and my limited vision kept me from learning in the same visual way fully sighted artists are trained. Along with most of America in the 70’s, I would watch Bob Ross, William Alexander and others on television. TV worked well for me; I could get close to the screen and really see what the artists were doing with their hands, brushes, and knives. This planted a desire in me to be creative. Painting brings me personal satisfaction and joy.  I hope what I imagine I am able to convey in my work, and I pray others enjoy it too.

Website: http://www.kimtylerart.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimtylerart/

King Nobuyoshi Godwin

Emerging, Painting

King was Born 1991 in Raleigh NC and diagnosed with autism when he was two and a half years old. He attended the Special Education program of Wake County School Systems and received a certificate from Leesville High School in Raleigh NC in 2012. King attended UNC at Greensboro for one year, living away from home in the college dorm for the Beyond Academics Program in 2013. King became a painter in 2013. In addition to his parents, Thomas & Yuko Taylor, and a brother Malik Nobumasa Godwin, he has many other supporters of his painting career. King currently lives in an apartment attached to parents’ home independently. He is a proud team member of the Special Olympic Raleigh Racer Swimmers and a performing member of the Special Japanese Taiko-Drum ensemble.

“My name is Nobuyoshi Godwin. I have autism. Being autistic is ok. I can see trees in my mind and talk with them. It’s blue and it’s ok. When I paint I feel good because it’s my job, and I am proud of it. I think people enjoy and think my painting is good. I like drawing animals. They are sweet. That is 4400 and purple. If I sell my paintings I can buy more paint colors. And that is purple and that is 4400.” King Nobuyoshi Godwin

Website: https://www.kinggodwin.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/king-nobuyoshi-godwin-art-622127161203076/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kinggodwinart/

Michelle Davis Petelinz

Teaching

In my career as a professional artist and art instructor, I came to the teaching of art to people with disabilities by being in the right place at the right time. While teaching children’s art classes at the Sertoma Art Center in Raleigh, I was asked to accept a 4-year old student with autism in one of my preschool classes. I readily agreed, despite having little experience with students with special needs. Learning to adapt my class content for this student and seeing him succeed sparked my interest in discovering more opportunities to present art instruction to people with disabilities. Since then, I have worked as the Artist in Residence at Wake Enterprises, conducted a month-long collage project at Life Experiences in Cary, worked on a mural project with children at Camp Friendly in Raleigh, taught a variety of mixed media art classes with the seniors and people with disabilities at Total Life Center in Cary, facilitated activities at the Sertoma Art Center’s “Sensory-Friendly Saturdays”, and staffed a number of art activity tables at events where Arts Access is featured. Among the many things I do as an artist, my work with people with disabilities brings me the most joy; I love seeing the spark of pleasure that creating something beautiful can ignite!

Website: www.kindredspiritstudios.com

Murphy McCully

I’m a multimedia artist with a focus on sequential art, printmaking, and ceramics, and I love nature and natural subjects.

I also have a special interest in young audiences and character development (people and creatures), and I’m intrigued with faces. I’ve long been fascinated by my home state’s face-jug tradition, which has informed my art practice, and I have a love for comic art and graphic novels.

I hope to use my art in ways that resonate and engage, whether that’s through hands-on experience, teaching, encouragement, inspiration, or through the work and art itself. I have struggled with learning disabilities, and art has been my portal to reading, learning, growing as a person, socially, and in a college. I am a Savannah College of Art and Design alum (2016-2021), where I studied sequential art, and completed minors in printmaking, and ceramics.

The opportunity to showcase my work is an important way to represent those who discover the arts as a tool and support for facing challenges; a voice for when words fail; and a celebration of life, community, the environment, and creativity.

People say I’m persistent, loyal, and a hard worker, and I like to see the best in others. I love art, libraries, greyhounds, and the environment, and I hope to continue my work as an artist in my home state of North Carolina.

Check out my website: https://murphymccully.wixsite.com/mysite
Follow me on Instagram: @artbymurphymccully

Nicole Rotundo

Aspiring, Emerging, Illustration (Pen & Paper), Photography

I started drawing what I call my “circles of love” in my early 20’s. My family helped me to make them into notecards which I sell in my community. I also recently wrote a story about myself.

Nils Skudra

Emerging, Literary Arts

I’m currently doing a second Master’s Degree in Library Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. I’m a Civil War historian who writes and publishes regularly in the field. I’m also an artist and a book of my Civil War drawings will be published later this year. I do some creative writing and am submitting a poem.

Read Nils’ poem here.

Phoebe Granderson

Emerging, Mixed Media, Visual Arts

My inspiration for art started at 6 years old. Reminiscing how excited I was in 1st grade when my teacher showed us how to make original Christmas cards using a silk screen. It was at that moment; I fell in love, and that opened the door to my creativity. When I was in high school, I took art classes at the Saturday Art Program at Cooper Union University in New York City. Being mentored and taught by college students in drawing and painting. Although, I joined the US Navy at 18 years old and served for 8 years as an Electrician, I always enjoyed drawing in my free time. I have always wanted to pursue a career in Art but because of starting a family and many life’s challenges, my life took another course.
I am a Disabled Veteran and have been unemployed for several years due to health conditions. Whenever possible, I have supported and volunteered my services with the Community Outreach at my church. I have also been involved with programs like the National Veterans Creative Art Festival, and Operation Art with the Joel Foundation. I really enjoy using all types of mediums such as Oil, Pencil, Pen & Fabric. Within past 3 years, I have learned some new mediums and techniques using Acrylics, Acrylic Pours, Resin, Fantasy Paint, Wood Working, and incorporating found objects into my art to create a 3D effect. I believe that God gave me a natural gift and talent to create art. I would love to be a part of an art community. Learning, Teaching, Volunteering my services, and eventually starting my own Art Business would be a dream come true!

R.V. Kuser

Literary Arts, Professional

Website: http://kusertalk.com

Cover for book by RV Kusner, titled Weight A Minute, Lessons a Family Learns Thru the Gift of Autism. Design shows a blue character wearing a sash and hat.

Hello Friend ~
Glad you stopped by to meet me.
I was born in Pennington, New Jersey and moved to Winston Salem, North Carolina in 2009.  North Carolina makes me appreciate the word “home”.  I am a self-advocate, educator, consultant and author – in that order.  I feel connected and very rewarded when I’m working with individuals who have a learning disability because I also have a disability.  I live with autism. 
My wife, Marlene is also an integral part of my life.  She has helped me to discover my strengths, to believe in myself, and to have a greater insight into autism.  She accepts me unconditionally.

For me, writing is a way to advocate for people who are differently able.  In my latest book, “Weight A Minute – Lessons a Family Learns Thru the Gift of Autism” which was co-authored with Marlene, we tried to convey this very important message.  The novel is very relatable to everyone.  It is about the importance of family and acceptance.  The “Weights” live in Winston Salem.  The middle child lives with autism and he is the hero of the book.  The novel will provide foundations for meaningful discussions both in the classroom and at home.  
I am on a lifelong quest for ways to overcome misperceptions about differently abled individuals. To let everyone know, we CAN do anything. With Marlene by my side, we give a greater insight into autism when speaking publicly and advocating.  We would love to hear from you – questions, comments or just to say “hello”. 

Rachard McIntyre

Emerging, Mixed Media, Painting

My name is Rachard Mcintyre and I am an artist.  I like to draw, paint and do other forms of art.  I happen to have Asperger’s, which is a form of Autism.  I guess about twelve years ago I was diagnosed with having Asperger’s.  So it is the kind of disorder that affects the social part of a person but I don’t let it bother me. I continue to focus on art. 

Website: https://www.rachardmcintyre.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rachard.mcintyre1?fref=ts
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ca.rrie686/

pencil drawing of gymnast Simone Biles wearing a leotard, star earring, with a bow keeping her hair in a high ponytail. The Olympic rings are drawn next to her.

Rachel Penton

Emerging, Painting, Visual Arts

Artist statement: My paintings are essentially a visual intuitive journaling practice. I can’t always express myself with words, so my paintings do it for me. Paintings are fit in around meetings, before lunch, in the evenings; whenever I can find time to paint for 15-30 minutes. They are non-sequential in time as I do not need the processing space daily. Littered with gestural marks of play, calmness, and frustration; each painting depicts my mental state on a given day. Some days I can exhibit restraint in my markings, leaving white space & hiding myself to be more palatable to others—performing on paper as I do in life most days. Masking my neurodivergence. Other days, the paintings become chaotic and I simply cannot hide my overwhelm—I feel more at home in these paintings and less like I’m wearing a mask.

Bio: I am a self-taught abstract artist and work out of my home studio in Chapel Hill. I’m also a neuroscientist and approach my paintings with the same curiosity and passion that drove me to pursue complex neuroscientific questions. This has led to using a variety of mediums & substrates to create interesting, colorful paintings. My work is mostly in acrylic, but I also create mixed media works, involving multiple acrylic mediums as well as resin. One of my favorite ways to work is to experiment with the interaction of paint with different substrates (paper, canvas, wood, acrylic, etc.)—it reminds me of ligand-receptor binding. Most of my time is spent developing and teaching neuroscience classes at UNC-Chapel Hill, but I also make time for painting frequently. My painting process videos have been featured on INSIDER Art, Bored Panda Art, and other online media outlets. Private collections of my art are held in Europe and North America.
Website: www.brilliantaquastudios.com
Instagram: @brilliantaqua

Raeann MacDonagh

Painting, Teaching

I was born legally blind and with a passion for art. I have been painting since I was a child and went on to receive my BA in the Arts and Humanities in 2014. Art for me has given my life purpose, it’s led me to success, independence, serenity, and joy. I have spent years volunteering with various organizations with the same main objective as Arts Access of making art accessible to individuals with disabilities. I am dedicated to this cause of empowering others and engaging my community through art.

Website: www.rawartists.org/raeannmacdonagh

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raeannmdart/
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RaeAnnMDesigns

Rese Cooley

Painting, Professional

I’m a 43 year old transman husband and proud father of two teenage girls who do exceptionally well scholastically. One attends Winston-Salem state and the other page high school. I’ve had some formal training in visual arts as a teenager in Boston . I won the NC state teenage pregnancy poster contest as a teen as well as winning the Massachusetts state school lunch logo design. I’m primarily self taught and delve into multiple mediums. I enjoy working with pastel pencils, charcoals, acrylic paint pouring, drawing portraits, etc. I also enjoy doing arts and crafts with others of all ages and levels.

Website: fb.me/nodownsjustupsartistry

Robyn Scott

Emerging, Visual Arts

I have been drawing most of my life. I graduated from UC Irvine with a studio arts degree (BA) and the Winchester School of Art in the UK with a concentration in printmaking (MA). I taught art to children for several years and now focus on sharing my pen and ink drawings with the Triangle community.

http://facebook.com/Robyn-Scott-Pen-Ink
http://instagram.com/robyn.scott.pen.and.ink

Left: Morphology (Waterfall), 2020 explores the ups and downs of living with illness. The image is broken in two, with the bottom a reflection of the top image. The top image is an abstracted waterfall . The water is orange with small strokes of blue. There are blue and brown waves at the bottom of the waterfall that turn into birds at the top of the image. The bottom half is a direct reflection of the top. The water is blue with small oranges strokes. Bubbles from the middle of the images turn into poisonous bugs towards the bottom of the image. The entire image is outlined in black.

Right: You Look Fine (Venom), 2020 explores the emotions involved with having an invisible disability. A multi-colored snake made from green, yellow, red, and blue strokes, takes up most of the image. Some of the snake’s scales are turning into petals at the bottom of the image. The petals are red, purple, and green. In the upper left portion of the image is an abstracted shattered mirror that is the same colors as the snake. The entire image is outlined in black.

Scott Hackworth

Ceramics, Painting, Sculpture, Teaching

I’m a disabled artist who finds joy and peace in creating artwork. Art helps me cope with my disability and provides me a connection to communities. 

Shirley Miller

Painting

I am 77 [years old]. Liked to do art all my life. Since my injury it’s limited somewhat. I like to paint folk art. My paintings sold in Atlanta, GA in 2006 at Sloton Folk Art. I paint animals on river rock, and canvas.

Wesley Brown

Emerging, Music

Pianist

Wiley Johnson

Emerging, Painting

Wiley Johnson is a 32 year-old artist from Raleigh, NC who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD. He enjoyed art classes in the public schools, Achievement School, Raleigh Parks and Recreation, and Transitions Day Program. Inspiration for his paintings has come from walks in the park and various museums. He developed a passion for painting from the encouragement of an art therapist. Painting has been a therapeutic way for him to spend his time alone.

Website: www.wileysart.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WileyJohnsonArt
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wileys.abstractart/

Shop Online: https://www.artlifting.com/collections/wiley-johnson
www.legaleriste.com/wiley.johnson