Hey there, I’m Dez, a self-taught artist who proudly embraces my neurodivergent identity. Born and raised in the vibrant city of Manchester, England, I’m a devoted family man at heart.
My journey has been one of self-discovery, navigating through different diagnoses that have shaped who I am today. In my 20s, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and more recently, in my early 40s, I received a late diagnosis of Autism. Currently, I’m undergoing an evaluation for ADHD and eagerly awaiting PTSD therapy.
I have created art off and on over the years for as far back as I can remember. However It all started with a free app on my phone in 2018 that I truly immersed myself in the creative process. I quickly realised how art became a lifeline, helping me navigate the struggles of my condition. This realisation fueled my desire to promote the therapeutic power of art, leading me to adopt the artist name Loveartpix.
For me, art is more than just a form of self-expression; it’s a personal sanctuary. When my emotions intensify and become overwhelming, art becomes my refuge, allowing me to focus and channel my thoughts in a positive way. It has become an integral part of my daily routine, a coping strategy that I believe can benefit others on their own journeys.
Discovering my autism diagnosis was a life-altering moment, providing clarity to the unique way I perceive the world. Through blogging, I’ve found solace in sharing my personal triumphs and challenges, not only to raise awareness about my condition, but also to process and reflect on my own experiences.
Giving back to others has always been a core value of mine. I now annually donate art to numerous charitable organizations, which have successfully raised thousands of pounds through auctions. The Maggie Oliver Foundation, NSPCC, and RMHC are just a few of the incredible charities I’ve been honored to support.
My art is an extension of my emotions and experiences. It’s a reflection of the mood I’m in, capturing moments that trigger a surge of feelings within me. Whether it’s the vibrant energy of Manchester or the exploration of neurodivergent themes, my artwork is an authentic expression of who I am. I love experimenting with different mediums, but I find that printing on glass, framing it, and adding resin and other elements give my art a multidimensional touch.
You can find my art collections displayed in various locations across Manchester, from Oxford Road to Victoria Train Station. My art can also be found in Blackpool, Cumbria, and even at the Normandy Memorial Trust in France. If you’re curious for more details, check out my Blogs section.
Art has truly been a catalyst for change in my life, introducing me to incredible individuals who have supported me on my mission to raise awareness about neurodivergent conditions. Each passing year has brought new opportunities and growth. In 2022, I had the privilege of engaging with schools and prisons, using art therapy to promote education. The same year, I was humbled to be nominated for the ‘Rising Star/Emerging Talent’ award at the ‘This is Manchester Awards.’ And in 2023, I reached the finals of the esteemed ‘Neurodivergent Achiever of the Year’ Award by Genius Within, sharing the spotlight with renowned figures like Lewis Capaldi and esteemed academics.
I am currentlybeing filmed for a documentary that chronicles my late autistic diagnosis and showcases the transformative power of art therapy in my daily life.
Beyond my artistic pursuits, I’m a firm believer in self-education and mindfulness, using these tools to navigate the unique challenges that come with my condition. By promoting positive thinking, structure, and embracing open conversations, I strive to break down the barriers surrounding neurodiverse conditions and encourage acceptance and understanding.
Looking ahead, my dreams include hosting my very own art exhibition and publishing a children’s book that can serve as a visual aid for teaching art therapy in schools.
I consider myself incredibly blessed to have found art and creativity. It’s not just my passion; it’s my lifeline—an endless source of inspiration and growth.
Thank you for taking the time to delve into my personal journey and learn more about Loveartpix. If you have any questions or inquiries, feel free to reach out to me through the provided email link.