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I am Anastasia Wilson and I am a female artist who happens to have Cerebral Palsy. I see myself as an artist first. I think of my disabilities as a side note; it is something I need to handle so I can follow my passion. My love for art making assists me to accept my disabilities with grace. When I was born, I had my umbilical cord wrapped around my neck and my chest cutting off the oxygen to my brain. Due to the lack of oxygen, I have CP creating limitations of my physical movements. I have a power chair to get around and a communication device to speak.
When my first occupational therapist discovered I had the most control over my neck, my father created my headstick so I could follow my life dream of becoming a well-known artist. My parents expected that I do everything I could do myself. Therefore, I never allowed my disabilities to stop me from following my dreams. I was mainstreamed for most of my school years. I struggled with mild learning disabilities including dyslexia and dyscalculia and I had a couple of frustrating years in high school when no one understood my learning disabilities, including myself. I had to fight to get back into mainstreamed classes. I worked hard to attend the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and enjoyed getting my BA in Art and a minor in English. I graduated cum laude.
(M)y art is a self-expression that informs the viewers of what is going on in my soul. I learned how to express my feelings with art from an early age because it was difficult to communicate orally due to my Cerebral Palsy and my Dyslexia. I do not say this lightly because I have an English minor and I fell in love with the written word in college. However, the visual arts are my first passion. Additionally, I use my art as a therapeutic outlet for myself and my viewers. Oftentimes, I enter a meditative state and I can forget the world for a while; especially when I am mixing my hues. One of my main joys in painting is to create my own hues, and I love to manipulate colors to reflect my emotional state and it relaxes me. I can step out of myself for a couple of hours. Oils provide me more time to play with the hues. When I paint, I feel as if I am overcoming my limitations because I am doing what most people cannot do. My art keeps me motivated, and it assists me with coping with the roller coaster of life.