Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 3 Spring 2015 - Page 43

I can focus on detail. Maybe that's why sometimes, when I can't express emotions and explain them very well, I turn to my art. Maybe. Nay, probably! Having only being recently diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum, I realized that all the questions I had about myself could finally be answered. I was different, yes. But I was still me. I wasn't born "wrong" or "defective." My wiring just happened to be different. Knowing this gave me peace, a sense of clarity. I understood why I loved to draw certain things in particular (dragons, in case you were wondering!) and why I loved detail, proportion and symmetry, all of which I always incorporate into my art. It was through my art that I had the great pleasure of meeting Jennifer O'Toole, purely by chance! Or perhaps it was even fate. I'd like to think that it was more the latter. Fate and destiny aside, a friendship grew, and before I knew it, she had become somewhat of a mentor to me. Not only has she shed more light onto my Asperger’s, but also, she has been a great influence in my art. It was she that gave me my first proper illustration job. It was she who showed me that I can actually do things with my art and that I, a little girl from England, could make a difference with it. And, perhaps most importantly, I found a kindred spirit within her. I knew that I wasn't alone. I didn't know any other females with autism, and statics can only TELL you that you are not alone. I needed a person Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses 43