I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder with hallucinations, my first major episode happened when I was 23. This has profoundly affected my life. While now on disability, I was however able to work for several years in between episodes. I now attend a drop-in center which fosters my socialization and creative impulses.

I am primarily a self-taught artist. At one point I had a roommate who was artistic, and I picked up a few things from her. I had wanted to try creating artwork for a long time but didn’t have the courage until I joined the art group at my drop-in center. “A Modern Mavis” is in acrylics, which is my usual medium, along with watercolor pencils and markers. Mavis is my animal companion, my closest friend.

A Modern Mavis

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A Modern Mavis
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