Artist Ariana Rangel reflects, “I am a young artist, illustrator. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas and I am 24 years old. My love for color and drawing started when I could barely hold a crayon. Receiving a diagnosis of Autism at the age of 5 was supposed to cripple my future and all possibilities for an independent life. However, with a little bit of support from my family and those who come to know me, I have been defying the odds against me.
My family and I have been working towards realizing my dream of owning an art store and teaching art to children. In preparation for my long-term goals, I have been working on pet portraits at the Arc of the Capital of Texas. I have also been selling my art at various art events. These experiences help me to break away from my limitations and challenged me to grow as an artist and individual; there is much more inside of me than Autism. I want to demonstrate that to the world through my art and illustration.
Regardless of the diagnosis of Autism I face every challenge in my life with courage and always strive to do my absolute best”.
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About the Autism After 21 Art Show
Madison House Autism Foundation’s annual Autism After 21 Art Show features 21 works by artists on the autism spectrum. As part of the #AutismAfter21 awareness campaign, the show utilizes the arts to shine a spotlight on the lives of autistic adults.
Furthermore, the campaign brings attention to the unique perspectives and talents of adults across the spectrum. It invites audiences into a world that recognizes and values the participation and contributions offered by autistic adults in our communities.