Creative Power: VSA Wisconsin’s Traveling Exhibition

Seth  Albertson MADISON The Border Crossing graphite on paper MADISON What I do is art. I find signs, lights, cars and ATVs beautiful – I want other people to see that they are beautiful too.
Sarah Bergstrom GLENDALE Tasting Nature acrylics GLENDALE This is a painting of a giraffe I saw at the Milwaukee zoo. Giraffes grow very tall, especially when they are in the wild... This giraffe is eating part of a branch from a nearby tree. He looks happy and at peace. I named this painting "Tasting Nature" because this giraffe wanted to be one with nature by tasting it.
David Black MADISON Aphrodite - 2 marble MADISON I put a lot of love, heart and soul into my art.  This is Aphrodite, she represents love and the mother goddess.  She reveals the strength and beauty of women, and also the weight they have to bear in the world.
Andrew Brooks HUDSON Airplane in the Sky pen and ink HUDSON

Andrew creates art when he's cranky, bored or anxious. He likes to draw airplanes, bridges, cities and cars.

Mauree Childress WAUWATOSA We All Have Abilities acrylics on priondyed canvas WAUWATOSA

We all have abilities! I did this painting because, when I became a person with a disability, I felt invisible and discounted. People may look away from me, not see me, or see only my impairment. I am more.

Paige Christopher FRIENDSHIP Whitetail pencil and watercolor FRIENDSHIP

This is a portrait of my cat, the funniest cat in the world. I love art and I love to draw art.

Nolan Council FITCHBURG Untitled acrylic FITCHBURG

Nolan loves to create art with brushes, rollers and his fingers.

Fulton Damm MADISON Spring Flowers ceramic MADISON

Fulton enjoys working with clay creating textures and choosing colors. Art brings great joy to Fulton.

Pita Daniels VIROQUA Hope acrylic VIROQUA

Art has helped through life challenges.

Caleb Duren KEWASKUM Eye of the Kraken watercolor / mixed media KEWASKUM

Art means the ability to express my feelings about life through creativity.  For this painting I really wanted to do a picture involving a Kraken, which is a giant sea monster resembling an octopus.

Jordan Elenbecker RIPON Self Portrait digital media RIPON

Jordan used more than 100 selfies taken on his IPad. Jordan says he likes to take pictures of himself wearings masks and dressing up

Derek Flint ARENA Derek's Animals watercolor & marker ARENA

I did a drawing and painting of my animals.

Rosemarie Fortney MILWAUKEE Winged Flight tactile inks on dibond aluminum MILWAUKEE

As the progression of RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa) has limited my field of vision to 5' central tunnel, my creativity continues to expand and overcome the darkness of RP. My light dependency inspired "Winged Flight" a very detailed tactile black ink on aluminum dibond.

Sarah Helmer COLOMA Woof digital art on canvas COLOMA

I use my art to create renders for my friends across the world. Usually it shows a special time in their life such as receiving a rank in the game.  We all play in a world called "AutCraft", which is for people like us who are living with autism and are lonely.  We support each other and are there to listen when they are down.

Kate Horn ST. CLOUD The Ultimate Sacrifice graphite & colored pencil ST. CLOUD

I drew a soldier that is in half uniform and half in a casual everyday outfit. …I also showed a gravestone in front of him that he is saluting.  …I want to show that the soldier lost both his friend and his leg.  This is how I wanted to show that the men made the ultimate sacrifice.

Romano Johnson MADISON American White Cloud Lady Spring acrylic & glitter on canvas MADISON

When I was a young kid in Chicago, I would draw ‘cause I love it and I was good at it…I’m always working for better ideas: blending colors, adding glitter, coming up with the patterns.  I want people to see that this is what I love doing and always wanted to do…to look at my painting and drawings and say WOW!

Shannon Jorgenson VALDERS Famous Artists Book pen and ink VALDERS

Shannon's book contains graphite portraits of famous artists including Michelangelo, Salavador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh and Toulous Lautrec.

Micah Lang BRANDON A Walk in the Cornfield mixed media oil pastel& watercolor BRANDON

I liked how much room I had on the paper and the colors I was able to use. I was able to be creative with this piece. I was hoping to use more color.

Elisabeth Laswell APPLETON Temple Run acrylic APPLETON

I like to play Temple Run a lot. I am better at it than my mom.  I like drawing dogs.

Lonnie Lawrence HANCOCK First Adventure pen & ink and pencil HANCOCK

What art work means to me…well, everyone has a talent…I like making something out of nothing if I can, such as decorating a piece of wood that someone else would discard or turning a piece of leather into fine art instead of gloves…

Lisa Limberg GLENBEULAH Woven Vase Woven / fiber GLENBEULAH

Lisa started at the bottom and made her way to the top!

Morganna Oakley NEW HOLSTEIN Lion mixed media NEW HOLSTEIN

Art means relaxing and letting your imagination flow.  Anything can inspire me to create and my art depends on how I am feeling.

Christine Reyes OOSTBURG STEVE mixed media OOSTBURG I made my puppet for the public so people can enjoy playing with it, you may see some rips in it. But that’s OK, to me it means that kids loved playing with it… I love the sea and how beautiful the colors are. When you see my puppet I want you all to see and feel in your heart how beautiful colors truly are
Joshua Satterstrom MAZOMANIE Rainbow Fancy Hand pen and ink on paper MAZOMANIE

I create because it's fun, I like it. My inspiration was art class.

Mary Schroeder ANTIGO Lemons and Lace watercolor ANTIGO N/A
Dan Severson VERONA The Monsteron mixed media VERONA

I make art to have a little fun…my artwork shows that I like math, science, animation and science fiction.  I want people to relax and feel my artwork.  I want them to learn something about intelligence and the human race.

Julius Trees-Parrish VIROQUA Pink Pegasus acrylic on canvas VIROQUA

Julius loves bold bright colors, and will often follow a color idea over several canvases…or start a painting by looking at a color first…His lack of formal art education, combined with his autism…allow Julius to create from a very pure place.  He just starts painting with abandon and intensity at the same time.

Erick Vera APPLETON Birch Bark Trees watercolor & pencil APPLETON

I put black tape in the tree.  I put on watercolor…use colors.  I put salt on the paint, I put shadow on the snow!

Torin Wilke HORTONVILLE 3D Explosion of Water and Trees acrylics, crackle paste and glitter HORTONVILLE

The exploding trees pop out to make your eyes go crazy.  The water splashes away from the trees."

Malcolm Wright MADISON Malcolm's Self-Portrait graphite on paper MADISON

Malcolm's Art Corner was an art gallery that I planned to be part of a video game. When I was 10, it was first Malcolm and the Real Party and then it became Malcolm's Art Corner in 2015. I drew my OC for my self-portrait project. An OC is a different face in a different skin.