Lincoln is the first LINC-d artist and the inspiration behind LINC-d.
From a young age, Lincoln has always loved drawing. We have boxes and boxes of his art. He loves to draw animals more than anything else.
Lincoln is a man of very little words and emotion, but his drawings give a more complete picture to his inner thoughts. His animals are joyful, expressive and colorful. There is nothing like seeing the excitement and pride on his face when his masterpieces are put onto products. He has so much to say. It is wonderful that his art gives him the ability to say what his words cannot.
Lincoln draws all day long (preferably in his pajamas). His favorite mediums are paper, pencils, sharpies and alcohol-based markers.
Vaughn is 15 years old and from the time he could hold a pencil he has been drawing. He spends time drawing every. single. day. His drawings have ALWAYS been sea animals, dragons, aliens, and birds. Vaughn says he likes drawing because he can create anything that comes to his mind. He has always drawn sea animals, but when How to Train Your Dragon movies came out it sparked a new interest and he has made his own world of dragon species. “Dragons are amazing because they are all unique and have different designs.” He has taken art classes in school, but he always comes back to his core drawings.
Vaughn is a boy of few words, but to me, his drawings say a lot. He takes pride in them. Even though we have tons of his art around, he can spend hours drawing just to throw most of it away… not because he didn’t like his work, just because he just loves to draw. It calms him. When he was little, anywhere we would go we would have art supplies with us. If things got overwhelming for him, he would ask to go to another room to draw. We actually still do that depending on what our plans are or what event we are attending. Friends would have art supplies set up for us when we would be coming over just for him. He has more pens and colored pencils than I can count. He has stashes of paper all around the house. Art makes him happy and his art makes me happy.
Vaughn has high functioning autism. He has mainstreamed and is at a typical Jr High School with a few support classes and is receiving some services through the school. He participates in the skiing program with the National Ability Center and does track for the summer Special Olympics.
D.J. Svoboda was diagnosed at the age of 3 with Autism Spectrum Disorder with psycho-motor retardation which included speech delays and issues with his fine motor skills. He found it difficult to even hold a pencil. Today, D.J. is a dynamic, motivational public speaker, an accomplished artist and author with three books to his credit; My Imagiville, The Mupperezmo, and the Rainbow, and The Inspirations of Imagiville.
Growing up, D.J. was teased and bullied. These negative experiences inspired D.J. to create the land of Imagiville; a safe place in his imagination where everyone is treated kindly and accepted just the way they are. Through his art, and public speaking he brings Imagiville and the Imagifriends to life and uses them as a vehicle to spread a message of hope, inspiration, and awareness that those with autism and special needs are special just the way they are.
D.J.’s artwork has been featured in numerous publications such as Autism Spectrum, Autism Digest, Autism Perspective, and Australian Parent’s Child to name a few, and hangs in museums and on the walls of corporations, organizations, and in private homes. The Autism Society of America selected D.J.’s Mupperezmo character to be the image on their “Puzzle Project.” The Mupperezmo, affectionately known as the “Mupp” is a dragon-like character who turns his head upside-down to see the world from a different point of view.
D.J. is an Advocate for the North Carolina Autism Society, has been nominated for the Naturally Autistic ANCA Visual Arts Award, and has been interviewed on numerous Radio and Television shows. You can now watch DJ’s animated Imagifriends on PBS in North Carolina. His artwork was featured on the Design Network in a recent episode of “Welcome Angel”. There are many more new and exciting things to come from D.J. Svoboda.
Rainbow Mosho was born in Athens, Greece in 2008. She was developing like any other child until at 30 months, she had a massive regression and autism became a part of her life. Between the ages of 3 and 8 years old, she was not able to fully verbalize. Dyslexia also challenged her. Rainbow persevered and learned to read between 2016-2017 at almost 9 years of age.
She can now fully verbalize what she feels and experiences and uses her art as another form of expression. Color plays an important role in her art, and every color she uses has an emotion or meaning attached to it. Orange means silly. Yellow means happiness. Green means fear. Turquoise means calm and light blue means glad. Dark blue means sadness. Purple means courage. Pink means love and pinkish-red means peace.
She loves dinosaurs, whales, and the Titanic. In mid-2018 she developed an interest in urban myths. Now Rainbow draws and writes facts about them. Rainbow paints and draws with acrylic markers. She also loves to create digital art on her iPad using her finger.
Her art has been exhibited in Nashville and Memphis Tennessee and Japan. In 2020, she created the COVID-19 Art Series to express the discovery of life and death, handling PTSD, greater meaning of family, and deep wisdom for a 12-year old with autism. Rainbow won Third Prize in the Fly Your Flag Contest, organized by Kidizenship.