My name is Sheryl Yeager, I have Autism and have been making art for over 15 years. As a
child I came from a dysfunctional home life and was abused. I struggled through my teens and
twenties trying to find self-worth. When I was in my early thirties I was enlightened to take an
art class at Western Pysch in Pittsburgh. I found it gave great meaning to my life. I worked in
many different mediums until I found pastels. They appealed to me because of their bright
colors. After practice, I gained control of the material. Art for me has taken away the emotional
pain of my childhood and allows me to cope with everyday stresses.
Art has allowed me to be one with God and nature, so I can express myself freely. I make
animals because they are not judgmental. They are humble and meek. I extract and enhance
patterns and colors when I work. I make eight or more paintings a week. My marks are
immediate and fresh. I love the texture of the material and the control I have working with
pastels. Making art gives me purpose and self-worth. It keeps me happy, peaceful and
calm. Art is something I love.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed making them.
Pooja Bhatnagar is an artist with autism who creates beautiful abstract compositions. Since she was young, Pooja has been non-verbal and labeled as severely autistic