Caroline Joanisse

I am an artist, and through painting I can express my firm beliefs in how much the disabled stereotype must be broken.

I see myself as somebody who is strong, dedicated, hard working, compassionate and caring.

I am an artist with a disability.

I have fetal alcohol syndrome.

People can’t see it physically because it affects my brain.

They see me as impatient and frustrated, as somebody that needs more assistance than the average person.

I want to show the world that just because you have a disability, there shouldn’t be limits to what you can do.

Hopefully my art gives a visual perspective of some of the difficulties of having disabilities, like trips to hospitals, medications, and how much of a role the family plays.

I like being heard as an equal member of society despite my own situation.

All of us feel the validation of art—that all art is created equal.