Meet Vaughn Featherstone.
Vaughn is 18-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, 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 man of few words, but to me, his drawings say a lot. He takes pride in them. 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. He still does that! He has more pens and colored pencils than I can count. He has stashes of paper all around the house. Art make him happy and his art make me happy.
Vaughn has high functioning autism. He will graduate high school this year. He participates in the skiing program with the National Ability Center and does track for the summer Special Olympics.