“I didn’t deal with his death for a long time because I was just a child and didn’t know how to thing about something like that, so I started drawing. It relieved my anxiety. When I got in college I finally started to process it and to really grieve that loss. I drew all the time; it was the only thing that calmed me. I did a lot of portraits of the two of us and it helped. Now I just draw because it brings me peace. It makes me feel so much better, like everything is okay, and reminds me that I can move through anything.
“I majored in Nonprofit Organizational Leadership, and I'm working now for a nonprofit [The Rev] as a visual artist. For me to get to use my art for a purpose that’s bigger than myself makes me feel good. The organization works with a lot of kids in Kenya and Uganda who have lost parents and siblings, so my being able to go there and teach those kids art helps them to help themselves. Expression through art saved my life in a lot of ways, and it may do the same for them. I feel like my life has come full circle."