always loved art. My mother was my first
inspiration because she painted together with me when I
was young. My mother never, ever thought my disability should hold me back from the experience of beauty in this world.
In 1995, after I completed a year of service in City
Year, I used my stipend to take classes at Mass. College of Art. These classes helped me progress to a certain
point. Then I saw paintings by Professor
Kaji Aso that moved my heart. I sought
him out and took a class with him at the School of the
Now, in addition to watercolor and oil paintings, I am studying fabric painting with another professional artist. For the last two years, I have been hand painting silk and velvet scarves.
I exhibit my work regularly at the Gallery Nature
and Temptation, with VSA Massachusetts, and at local fairs and festivals. I also display and sell my work at several
disability-related conferences, such as the national TASH (The Association for
Persons with Severe Disabilities) Conference, the Annual Conference of the
Federation for Children with Special Needs, Abilities Expo, and others. Two of
my works were selected for the National “Spirit of the
I have contributed my paintings to disability advocacy organizations for fund raising, and have been honored to have several advocacy organizations use my designs and paintings to promote their work, as well as commission new works from me.
I have received a number of awards, including:
• 2002 ARC
the Distance and Making a Difference” Award, ARC of Northern
Palette 2000 Certificate for Artistic Achievement, Mass. Department of Mental Retardation
Please email me at email@example.com for information about my current work or if you have any special requests.
Jessica Emma Vohs, an artist and poet from