Members - Emilie Holmes

I am a self-taught autistic artist who has lived in Welland my whole life. I started drawing the moment I could hold a pencil. I lived with a pencil, a marker, a pen, or a tablet pen in my hand for ever. Painting only came into my life in 2021, but I am enjoying it to the fullest and plan to paint for a long time.

Years ago, I had a very distressing art 'block'. A two-year block where I created zero pieces. Only doodles filled those two years. I don't know what happened, but one day, I drew something, and I create with fervor now. Those two years were depressing and I realised how much Art makes me feel whole and happy. I realised that part of the block came from the desire to create things OTHER people would like, and not what I would like.

So, I changed that.

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