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Q & A:
As an artist, what do you want to be known for?
Creating something that speaks to someone in a moment they need to hear it. What brings me the most joy is when
someone sees themselves in my art. Especially when they see something in my work that I didn’t even see. I want to
be known for creating things that help others, and myself, be seen.
What’s the role of art in your life?
I wasn’t officially diagnosed with autism until I was an adult, but as a kid I struggled in many different areas
that affected how I related to the world. I was also homeschooled and didn't have a lot of friends, so I dealt
with a lot of loneliness. But when I started to share my art, I felt like I could connect with people as myself,
versus who I thought I had to be. It’s more important than ever to have those moments of connection, and art is
the way I can connect with others in a way that feels so authentic and true to me. I’m a firm believer in just
putting your art out there. You don’t have to know what it’s going to turn into—and that’s the beauty of it.
What does this collaboration with Athleta mean to you?
The words that first came to mind when I learned about the partnership were “active hope.” I’ve been home a lot—we
all have—and I’m looking for small things that encourage me to keep movement in my life. Even if that’s sitting on
my back porch reading or walking around the backyard with my son, those are hopeful actions—those little things
matter. I want anyone who encounters these items to feel like any little movement matters, that any action you
take—that’s still moving forward, and that’s a beautiful thing.
What do you want people to know about the organization their purchases are supporting, To Write Love On Her Arms?
They provide resources and help for those dealing with depression, self-injury, addiction, and suicide. Right now,
they’re giving scholarships for people to have access to therapy. In these times when people are feeling so alone
and having mental health crises, it’s so important for them to know they’re supported—that we’re not in this