Marcy Deutsch was born in Hillsboro, Oregon in 1983. She is an internationally known autistic artist who considers Yelm, Washington her home. At 5 Marcy was first diagnosed with moderate high functioning autism and given a bleak outlook by the doctors. Despite all the odds piled against her she graduated Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington with a 3.7 grade point average. She also learned to fly planes even though she wont drive a car.
It is through her art that she has learned to connect more to the world around her. Marcys style is unique and many feel that her exquisite artwork captures the very soul of the animals she draws.
She was the winner of the 2008 Yelm Arts Walk poster contest. She has also participated in the Olympia Arts Walk where her incredible art received the praise of all who saw it.
Her art is currently on display at Yelm City Hall in the Mayors office, Yelm Chamber of Commerce, Yelm Library, and Yelm Family Medicine. She has had art displayed at the Reflections Art Gallery, White Dove Art Gallery, Art Talks Art Galleries, Loft Gallery, Thurston County Juvenile Courthouse Gallery, Earth Artisan Art Gallery, Schaffer Gallery and St. Martins Art Gallery. She is currently in Heart of the Spectrum gallery in Seattle. Her cards are sold at casinos, zoos, gift stores and flower shops. She has appeared in numerous newspaper articles as well as in Bird Talk magazine and Dog Fancy. She is one of the featured artists in the book Drawing Autism and Artism: The Art of Autism. She recently received a thank you letter from the Queen of England for the print of a Corgi she sent her as well as a thank you letter from the President of the United States for the print of his dog, Bo. Her art has been in the juried art show at Princeton and at the United Nations plaza. She was 1 of only 12 autistic artists from across the country asked to be at Heroes for Autism art auction in Hollywood, in LA, Oregon and throughout Washington State. She has even sold her work to a famous Hollywood star.
As an adult dealing with autism Marcy also deals with the severe stress and anxiety that plague other adults with this disorder. The severity of the stress has caused depression and even schizophrenic-like symptoms. However despite this setback Marcy moves forward, finding that not only does her art help her relax but it helps heal as well.
What is incredible is that as a young child Marcy rarely drew, and only if she had to. It was only when a school project required all the kids to draw their favorite pet or animal that Marcy drew Tiny, her green-winged macaw. It was then that everyone realized what an incredible talent she had. Teachers in awe were amazed at her artistic rendition of the bird contacted Marcys parents to let them know about this savant like talent. Immediately Marcy started taking private art lessons, honing her talents. Marcy is skilled in many different medium including color pencils, oils, pastels and watercolors.
Marcy has also started a new career in addition to artistic one as a speaker at autism and mental health conferences where she continues to inspire others that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and your dreams. She tells people that just because you have a label on your head doesnt mean that you cant do things.
Marcys artistic journey is an inspiring one and gives hope to parents of other autistic children.
For more about Marcy Deutsch, visit her websites at www.crittersonthings.com.
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