MY NAME IS ANASTASIA O'MELVENY.
I have made art my whole life. Luckily my family and many friends loved art or were also artists, so art was always a part of my life. I mainly paint, but I am also a photographer, musician and writer. Many of my artworks have a nature or spiritual component. My style is a mix of realism and impressionism. I utilize many mediums - watercolor, oil, egg tempera, encaustic, fresco, chalk, collage, mixed media and multi-media to tell stories in art.
My personal interests are the natural world, particularly animals, anthropology, psychology, theology and human rights.
I am on the autistic spectrum and have several learning and social disabilities. I was not able to go to college. In fact, I needed to live in a group home setting for most of my early adult life. But I was always able to make art. Only recently, did I finally have the opportunity to augment my self-taught skills by a studying fine art techniques at Boston University's Colllege of Fine Art.
I currently live on my own with several pets. Animals are particularly important to me and I spend a lot of time with them and caring for them. I have worked at a wide variety of jobs from the fields of farming to the field of law. When I am not making art, I am building websites for artists and poets or leading art therapy and stress reduction groups. I enjoy visiting museums, reading, listening to music and enjoying the natural world. I volunteer at my church and as an advocate for people on the autistic spectrum. I lead a group of Autistic Artists.
Most of my artwork is for sale. Prints are also available. I take commissions for various artwork and artistic projects. My art work has been seen at various shows and many other venues in the Northeast. I am represented by the AANE Artists Collaborative, in Watertown, MA where many of my art works may be seen. My personal website is: omelvenyartworks.com. I can be reached at 617-923-0064 or through the contact link on this site.
As far as autism goes, even though it's challenges are great - sensory overloads, communication difficulties, and there are many additional negatives - such as bullying, dealing with sterotypes and economic hardships, I find the gifts it bestows outweighs the negatives. Not only for the person with autism but for those around them. I believe that all people have unique strengths and gifts to bring to the world. I also believe that each person is missing a piece or two, but that's good - these deficits keep people reaching out to each other. While there are many challenges and difficulties associated with being autistic - and even though I have had my share of really dark and hard times because of it, I would not trade to be "normal". I am comfortable with who I am and feel like my life has a definite purpose. I believe that the autistic people of the world are and always have been an indispensable and advantageous component of the human race.