Tourette Syndrome and Mental Health Awareness

‘Courage, dear heart.’ ~ C.S. Lewis This art is meant to represent a feeling of what can go on inside a person with mental health struggles, the reason the individual is pictured nude is to represent the vulnerability of that struggle, the dragon represents the illness and the shield represents HOPE. There is hope and knowledge out there for those who need it, if you have any of these health concerns please know that you are not alone and that you should reach out to the available services; doctors, counsellors and people around you. You do not have to do it alone.

My sonย was diagnosed with TS at the age of 8 years old, he is now 17. Tourette Syndrome (TS) causes tics that are sudden, intermittent, repetitive, unpredictable, purposeless, nonrhythmic, involuntary movements or sounds. Tics can be either simple or complex. The most important thing to understand about the tics associated with Tourette Syndrome is they are the result of a neuropsychiatric condition. The sounds and behaviours are involuntary and are not being done by choice.

TS can often come with package of other syndromes, my son also has OCD, anxiety, ADHD and low level depression. While some medications are available to help with the symptoms they do not completely take them away and there is no cure. Since early childhood his daily life has been an ongoing battle, and yet, despite this hard journey he is growing into one of the most likeable, kind, and loving human beings I have ever known. ๐Ÿ’—

When he was 15 years old he created the original cartoon pictured here as a way to describe what life was like for him on a daily basis. A monster lurking always attacking and ready to pounce on him the minute he woke up, the shield you see pictured at the end represents his family, counsellors, friends, and doctors who try to help him through. My son and I decided that we’d like to try to raise more awareness for people who, like him, suffer with real mental health concerns.ย In addition to this we also wanted to try to give back to an organization that works hard to support people with TS here in Canada, tourette.ca. Thus from Hunter’s cartoon I was inspired to create this painting which I am going to be adding to my shop in the beginning of June, it will be available as a print, bookmark and a sticker and all of the profit from the sale of these items will be donated to Tourette Canada. We hope you’ll consider supporting us through this endeavour by purchasing one of the items or even just joining us by sharing this story, painting and products with others.ย ย 

The DRAGON and HORSE Colouring Books are here!!!

Oh man!!! The books are SOOOO beautiful and so affordable – only $6.50 each! We are so excited! YAAAAAYYYY!!! They are available for sale on Etsy and on Amazon both (links are below). And we’ll be doing some local fairs this fall – we’ll be sure to announce when and where. HorseCover_CompleteFrom the brute strength of the Draft horse to the speed and agility of the Arabian, horses have plowed fields, pulled carriages and ridden faithfully into battle for humans throughout the centuries. This collection of beautifully crafted drawings invites young and old alike to re-create the beauty and majesty of the faithful horse – and itโ€™s mystical cousins, the unicorn and Pegasus – in vivid colour. Designed to delight and inspire, artists Micheline Ryckman and Hayden Wolf also include a step-by-step guide to budding artists and horse enthusiasts everywhere to create and colour their own loyal horse companions. Our horse colouring book is NOW available for sale on ETSY! Here are a few more peeks inside this book >>>Horse_04 )neHorse_LogoCenterPageSpread2BuyNowEtys SneakPeek2From Saint George and the Dragon to Puff the Magic Dragon and Cressida Cowellโ€™s modern-day book series, How to Train a Dragon, the lore of dragons passes from one generation to the next. Fearsome, magical and majestic they still have the power to thrill us, scare us and entertain us. This collection of beautifully crafted drawings invites young and old alike to re-create the beauty and ferocity of dragons in vivid colour. Designed to delight and inspire, artists Micheline Ryckman and Hayden Wolf also include a step-by-step guide to budding artists and dragon enthusiasts everywhere to create and colour their own magical creatures. Our dragon colouring book is NOW available for sale on ETSY! Here are a few more peeks inside this book >>>Dragon_19 Dragon_18 )ne CenterPageSpread1BuyNowEtys