Creative Power: VSA Wisconsin’s Traveling Exhibition

Seth Albertson


The Border Crossing

graphite on paper

What I do is art. I find signs, lights, cars and ATVs beautiful – I want other people to see that they are beautiful too.

Sarah Bergstrom


Tasting Nature


This is a painting of a giraffe I saw at the Milwaukee zoo. Giraffes grow very tall, especially when they are in the wild... This giraffe is eating part of a branch from a nearby tree. He looks happy and at peace. I named this painting "Tasting Nature" because this giraffe wanted to be one with nature by tasting it.

David Black


Aphrodite - 2


I put a lot of love, heart and soul into my art.  This is Aphrodite, she represents love and the mother goddess.  She reveals the strength and beauty of women, and also the weight they have to bear in the world.

Andrew Brooks


Airplane in the Sky

pen and ink

Andrew creates art when he's cranky, bored or anxious. He likes to draw airplanes, bridges, cities and cars.

Mauree Childress


We All Have Abilities

acrylics on priondyed canvas

We all have abilities! I did this painting because, when I became a person with a disability, I felt invisible and discounted. People may look away from me, not see me, or see only my impairment. I am more.

Paige Christopher



pencil and watercolor

This is a portrait of my cat, the funniest cat in the world. I love art and I love to draw art.

Nolan Council




Nolan loves to create art with brushes, rollers and his fingers.

Fulton Damm


Spring Flowers


Fulton enjoys working with clay creating textures and choosing colors. Art brings great joy to Fulton.

Pita Daniels




Art has helped through life challenges.

Caleb Duren


Eye of the Kraken

watercolor / mixed media

Art means the ability to express my feelings about life through creativity.  For this painting I really wanted to do a picture involving a Kraken, which is a giant sea monster resembling an octopus.

Jordan Elenbecker


Self Portrait

digital media

Jordan used more than 100 selfies taken on his IPad. Jordan says he likes to take pictures of himself wearings masks and dressing up

Derek Flint


Derek's Animals

watercolor & marker

I did a drawing and painting of my animals.

Rosemarie Fortney


Winged Flight

tactile inks on dibond aluminum

As the progression of RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa) has limited my field of vision to 5' central tunnel, my creativity continues to expand and overcome the darkness of RP. My light dependency inspired "Winged Flight" a very detailed tactile black ink on aluminum dibond.

Sarah Helmer



digital art on canvas

I use my art to create renders for my friends across the world. Usually it shows a special time in their life such as receiving a rank in the game.  We all play in a world called "AutCraft", which is for people like us who are living with autism and are lonely.  We support each other and are there to listen when they are down.

Kate Horn


The Ultimate Sacrifice

graphite & colored pencil

I drew a soldier that is in half uniform and half in a casual everyday outfit. …I also showed a gravestone in front of him that he is saluting.  …I want to show that the soldier lost both his friend and his leg.  This is how I wanted to show that the men made the ultimate sacrifice.

Romano Johnson


American White Cloud Lady Spring

acrylic & glitter on canvas

When I was a young kid in Chicago, I would draw ‘cause I love it and I was good at it…I’m always working for better ideas: blending colors, adding glitter, coming up with the patterns.  I want people to see that this is what I love doing and always wanted to do…to look at my painting and drawings and say WOW!

Shannon Jorgenson


Famous Artists Book

pen and ink

Shannon's book contains graphite portraits of famous artists including Michelangelo, Salavador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh and Toulous Lautrec.

Micah Lang


A Walk in the Cornfield

mixed media oil pastel& watercolor

I liked how much room I had on the paper and the colors I was able to use. I was able to be creative with this piece. I was hoping to use more color.

Elisabeth Laswell


Temple Run


I like to play Temple Run a lot. I am better at it than my mom.  I like drawing dogs.

Lonnie Lawrence


First Adventure

pen & ink and pencil

What art work means to me…well, everyone has a talent…I like making something out of nothing if I can, such as decorating a piece of wood that someone else would discard or turning a piece of leather into fine art instead of gloves…

Lisa Limberg


Woven Vase

Woven / fiber

Lisa started at the bottom and made her way to the top!

Morganna Oakley



mixed media

Art means relaxing and letting your imagination flow.  Anything can inspire me to create and my art depends on how I am feeling.

Christine Reyes



mixed media

I made my puppet for the public so people can enjoy playing with it, you may see some rips in it. But that’s OK, to me it means that kids loved playing with it… I love the sea and how beautiful the colors are. When you see my puppet I want you all to see and feel in your heart how beautiful colors truly are

Joshua Satterstrom


Rainbow Fancy Hand

pen and ink on paper

I create because it's fun, I like it. My inspiration was art class.

Mary Schroeder


Lemons and Lace



Dan Severson


The Monsteron

mixed media

I make art to have a little fun…my artwork shows that I like math, science, animation and science fiction.  I want people to relax and feel my artwork.  I want them to learn something about intelligence and the human race.

Julius Trees-Parrish


Pink Pegasus

acrylic on canvas

Julius loves bold bright colors, and will often follow a color idea over several canvases…or start a painting by looking at a color first…His lack of formal art education, combined with his autism…allow Julius to create from a very pure place.  He just starts painting with abandon and intensity at the same time.

Erick Vera


Birch Bark Trees

watercolor & pencil

I put black tape in the tree.  I put on watercolor…use colors.  I put salt on the paint, I put shadow on the snow!

Torin Wilke


3D Explosion of Water and Trees

acrylics, crackle paste and glitter

The exploding trees pop out to make your eyes go crazy.  The water splashes away from the trees.

Malcolm Wright


Malcolm's Self-Portrait

graphite on paper

Malcolm's Art Corner was an art gallery that I planned to be part of a video game. When I was 10, it was first Malcolm and the Real Party and then it became Malcolm's Art Corner in 2015. I drew my OC for my self-portrait project. An OC is a different face in a different skin.