Meet the Artists

During the All Born (In) Conference, several self-advocates feature artwork for sale. Stop by their displays to take a look and support our community’s artists. Thank you to Susan Cushman from United Cerebral Palsy for organizing the sale.

Marie Blanchard

I have been doing art my whole life. I was born with Cerebral Palsy, but that does not stop me from doing anything, including art. I have no limits in life. My art is enjoyment to me, and I have fun doing art! All my art is made in Portland, Oregon. I create greeting cards, ceramic bowls, magnets, and wall hangings, as well as paintings. I have been selling my art at craft fairs since the 6th grade. I’ve sold at a lot of school craft fairs, and six times at the Buckman Art Show. I have had an Etsy shop for nine years. I am taking classes at PCC for a two-year degree. For fun, I love to ride horses, ski, kayak, swim, go out to eat, play computer games, body movement and, of course, do art.  I've started making clay animal tiles glazed with bright colors. I just published my Easy Cooking for Everyone cookbook.

Visit Marie’s Etsy shop

Janiece Harrison

Since time began Niecy has loved shiny objects. As a young adult she has channeled this into her passion for rocks, gems and now her jewelry. Working with silver wire, she creates unique pieces of wearable art that highlight the best features of her treasures. Her other talents include photography and beach combing. 

Katie Adams

Katie Adams is a 26 year-old young woman that loves to paint. She started painting flower pots several years ago and recently started painting bird houses.Because of Katie’s Cerebral Palsy she requires a little help from her Personal Support Worker. But that’s just fine with her, because she loves to paint. Katie is social, super fun, sassy and loves life!  When she’s not painting, she likes to shop for new painting supplies and spend time with her best friend!

Lupita Cano

Lupita Cano is a self-taught abstract painter who loves to share her unique perspective of the world through her art. She lives Seattle with her mother and siblings, where she enjoys being a business owner and contributing member of her community. You can read more about Lupita and her business, AE Designs by Lupita, at

Artist Statement

“When I paint, I let my mind do the talking for me. I let my hands do the talking for me. For example, I think about Dad, or what’s going on, and paint it. If I see cheetahs and mermaids, I do that. It doesn’t matter if it’s a red day, a happy day like Wednesday, or if it’s a blue, sad day like Monday. I paint, and I let the painting do the talking for me.
I see blobs of paint, I see aqua, or red, moving through the air. There are sounds, sights, smells, tastes. You gotta let the art move within you, as if you were the paintbrush.
Share whatever you’ve got within you. Gifts.
My art means a lot to me.”

Joy Ross

Joy has been making a variety of hats for about five years. Joy finds knitting relaxing so she looks forward to it. Last year she added ‘coffee sleeves’ to her repertoire.

Dylan Kuehl

Dylan Kuehl (pronounced Keel), is sole proprietor of his own company, DK Arts (est. 2005) and a life-long resident of Olympia, Washington. An ambitious visual and performing artist, Dylan performs as a dancer and a drummer in community events as well as motivational speaking engagements. His art and poetry have received international awards, and he has had his art work and success story published in numerous publications such as Exceptional Parent Magazine, Logan Magazine, along with the Washington State Adolescent Transition Resource Notebook.

He is a Special Olympics gold medalist, has studied modern, tap and hip-hop dance as well as martial arts and is a fierce rock ‘n roll drummer in the Jackson Memory Band. “I mean fierce in a good way, not a bad way,” says Dylan.

An outspoken political activist, Dylan advocated for himself and others with disabilities, proving through his large life that Down syndrome is not the obstacle it is often perceived to be.

Dylan is now working with fused glass. He is making necklace pendants, pins, earrings, compact mirrors, night lights, and decorative tiles.

Kristy Yawman

Kristy Yawman is an artist and her business is Taurini Designs. She makes drawings using sharpie markers. Her designs are put on greeting cards, journals, note pads, and clothing. Her art makes her feel peaceful and calm. Everywhere she goes she sees more art. This inspires her to continue her art and try new things. Her art is important to her life because it helps her express her true feelings. Kristy loves coffee and collects seashells, unicorns, skulls, and mythical Greek stuff. She likes candy, toys, music, singing, dancing, dating, parties, and being romantic. She has Down syndrome and is a motivational speaker and likes being a problem solver and being funny.

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