Portraits of people with disabilities

 

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As an artist who has a lifelong visible disability, I have been acutely aware of the patronizing, objectifying ways in which others often depict us.  As an alternative, over the past 25 years I have been creating an extensive series of portraits of people with disabilities.  Because our lives are neither pitiable nor inspiring, I have attempted to convey images of our ordinary dignity, humanity and self-respect.   The people in the paintings gaze back at viewers with as much curiosity and interest as viewers may have while looking at them.