Below is Sharlita, who attends ADAPT Community Networks Brooklyn day habilitation center.
“One of the first things you need to know about me is that I’m a believer in Jesus Christ. I was born in Brooklyn, New York but I moved to Staten Island, and in 1978 I moved back to Brooklyn again. When I was eight years old, I started to read, and once I realized I could read- I read everyday. I don’t think about my disability, even though I’m not perfect. I don’t consider it a disability. I don’t want to put anybody down, we are all beautiful in God’s eyes. I love to create from my heart. Art can be anything that you can think of. It could be anything ! You can create anything. When I first started, I couldn’t draw good but I figured out what I wanted to make and then I started to stick to a theme. I’ve always watched Bob Ross when he comes on TV, and I always wanted to learn to paint like him. I try to copy his technique with my brush, but in my own style. That’s why I draw a lot of waterfalls and nature. I am inspired by anything that is beautiful, like a lake for example. Maybe you want to go to Hawaii and you wish you could go but you can’t, you can go there by painting. You can travel through painting to anywhere you want to go.”