Any Centre Parcs fan will recognise the name of this one, I painted it on my honeymoon looking out on the balcony. This was my first attempt at interpreting what I was currently seeing.
Painted on canvas board 10×12 inches
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I used to love painting and drawing, I would get lost for hours as a child and teenager just drawing away whilst listening to music. Once I hit 18 and went into life by myself I lost my love of arts and crafts and life was just huge and complicated to work out. I tried to do the done thing and settle down, get married and have kids but I had no clue why I never fit in anywhere. Fast forward to November 2019, I had just got married to my kids step dad and after a run of less and less time surviving in work places and longer before I was brave enough to try again, I was at breaking point, always questioning what was wrong with me.
After seeing how much I was struggling, my mum did her own research and found an article about female autism and gently sent it to me. I cried reading it, for the first time I felt like something made sense! I was lucky enough that my mum paid for me to get a private assessment and by April 2020 I had my diagnosis of Autism.
It’s been a journey since then, going back over my life from a new view point and having to work myself out and how best to manage myself and how to avoid situations now I understood things like meltdowns and shutdowns and burnouts. Through the last 2 years the one thing that has come flooding back is my love of art, I remembered how much I love painting and it was an amazing way to express myself and relax, and zone out with my thoughts. I have been told often I should sell my paintings but it never felt like the right time for me personally and I didn’t quite know how I wanted to do it. I have always wanted to help others and I’ve realised I can do both, I can paint and sell my paintings to fund mini projects and sessions for other people with disabilities, both physical and mental health wise, so they can use it as a way to express themselves too and have a safe place to be them and get creative.
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