I am Autistic. I have had my official diagnoses through the NHS in the last couple of months. I had an inkling for an extremely long time but to have it acknowledged by professionals has been the biggest relief for me and everything about myself makes complete and utter sense.
I was going to call this painting of me 'Resilient and resourceful woman with a strong talent for art and design' which are the last lines written on my official NHS report. If anything, this has triggered a strong need to get back to painting.
I now feel the immense need to raise Autism awareness through my paintings. Believe me there's a long way to go to gain awareness and if I can do anything to help my beautiful neurodiverse family, I will try my utmost.
I only have 1 to 2 hours maximum a day to paint but slowly and surely, I will get there...