My name is Nathan Devlin. I am an artist and photographer and I have cerebral palsy.
To understand me and my art you need to know a little bit about me. First I have cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy (pronounced seh-ree-brel pawl-zee) is…
“a blanket term commonly referred to as “CP” and described by loss or impairment of motor function, cerebral palsy is actually caused by brain damage. The brain damage is caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing — before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth. It can affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.”
And second thing you need to know, I don’t let cerebral palsy define who I am.
Throughout my school years I have been included in a regular classroom doing the same work as my peers. I made some wonderful friendships that continue to this day. I regularly get together with my friends.
I have always had a thing for art but it wasn’t until I was in high school that I discovered my passion for creating. My art teacher, Mrs. Milan, gave me the opportunity to explore multiple art forms and techniques. She opened my mind to the possibilities of a future in art creation.
After high school I spent a few years at McEwan university where I met fabulous instructors who taught me water colour and acrylic painting and digital photography. Along with classes at local art studios here in Edmonton, I have been working hard in my home studio to create meaningful works of art. I have been blessed the past couple of years with the opportunities to have my work shown (and sold!) at various art shows in Edmonton. I have also been featured on CTV News and in the Edmonton Journal. I am so grateful for the exposure my work have received. It is my goal to bring a smile to the faces of those who purchase my work.
My collection keeps growing so keep on checking out my site to see what is new! Maybe one day you will have a “Devlin” hanging in your home!