Thea (pronounced ‘Tea-ah’) has been passionate about art most of her life. As a toddler she would scribble on paper with such purpose. In preschool years she took to drawing princesses, mostly mermaids. She started with short bodies and long stick legs, and progressed from there. There was quite an attention to detail with many of her drawings through the years. One of my favourites was her group picture of Monsters vs. Aliens characters. At five years old she would sit at my computer and draw Moshi Monsters characters, copying what she saw on the screen. Fan drawings became a thing with her soon after, much like her preschool Princess drawings a few years earlier. She would spend countless hours drawing her favourite My Little Pony and Monster High characters, many times creating her own versions for fun. Her next step was creating her own characters and story, "Stars Align". Through her Instagram she has introduced the characters and a prequel story using comic pages. We have watched her grow in her talents, and she constantly pushes herself to see what she can do next. Over the years she has dabbled in many art means: clay, painting, sketching, copic marker drawings and digital (her favourite). Her dream/goal is to be a storyboard artist and eventually have her own animated show. There are a few animation shows she has in mind, but first she would like to complete "Stars Align" . It has been such a privilege for me to witness first hand her artistic journey.
I would be remiss to not speak on her health and how art has been an escape for her through the years as well. Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Connective Tissue Hypermobility Joint Disorder (unknown type) and Tourette's are all official diagnoses she has been given. Sadly the ADHD one went undetected until she was sixteen. First diagnosis was anxiety as a tween. Due to a negligent (at the time, when it came to Thea) Child Psychiatrist, we went a year without knowing. Near the end of grade eight Thea began struggling more. Her mental health was causing countless physical health issues, to the point she was missing quite a bit of school. One day, with only a few weeks left until her last year of elementary was over, she broke down minutes after I dropped her off to school. I had to pick her back up and she missed the last part of grade eight, barely making it to graduation. A month later the depression diagnosis was made. She often has moments of downs with both anxiety and depression.
It wasn’t until the pandemic happened that a child psychiatrist (the same one who diagnosed her depression) confirmed there is ADHD as well. Unfortunately we learned that many girls go undiagnosed for years as their symptoms are not the same as typical boy symptoms. We knew from a very young age that her brother also has it. Yes, she was quite hyper when little, but she was very compliant in school, and had good grades. We later learned just how hard she worked for them, and it was the anxiety and fear of disappointing her teachers that drove her. With the pandemic going to school was not an option. Not having that in person accountability really caused a school work struggle. Organization has been a HUGE challenge her whole life. Scatterbrained, unfocused and slobbish are all things that would well describe her (I say those lovingly, yet truthfully). The one thing, through it all, that has been a constant for her…is art. It is something she has been able to get lost in. Something she has been able to hyper focus on. Something that gives her a sense of meaning and purpose. Something she truly loves doing. It has given her a wonderful online community to connect with and other teens that understand her and have the same likes and interests.
Through the connections she made with fellow artists she gained a best friend, eventually becoming her girlfriend, who she virtually communicates with daily. She lives in another country but they make it work. There have been a few times her mental health has been so bad it affected her being able to draw, sometimes for weeks. It is heartbreaking to see her in that state because she loses the one thing that grounds her most. Animating is her newest passion. She will spend hours on end working on it. Unfortunately with her physical health issues (aside from the connective tissue disorder and we also believe she has the hereditary muscle disorder that is in our family). Sitting for hours working on her art tablet comes with a painful price needing pain medication and rest. Her life is quite the roller coaster, but she lives it to the best of her abilities, prayerfully one day her hard work will pay off and her dreams will come true!
The idea of this website came as a means to help Thea raise money for things needed to make her dreams come true. Being a single mother on a disability isn’t easy. We receive zero financial help from, well, I will not get into details about that here. Once she turned eighteen (beginning of 2022) a good chunk of my ability to support her and her brother ended. Most kids at that age are able to go get jobs to make up any money lost. Thea, unfortunately, is not one of those kids. The health struggles she deals with (suffers from) would have made schooling and working impossible. One or both would suffer greatly. Thea has just recently (January 2023) completed her high school education, but it was not an easy task with her health. She persevered and we are all so very proud of her! She is still unable to work a traditional type job, and is on a disability pension. Running her home based business of TheaArtsz (sales mostly right now) takes a lot out of her and it is truly a group effort she achieves with family by her side. We lovingly do it because we believe in her talents and want nothing more than to see her dreams fulfilled however we can make them possible.
We hope that sales made through this website will help with raising enough money to cover bringing in more artists, animators, production crew members and voice actors needed to further her dreams of bringing Stars Align to life. This is my small way of doing the best I can to help her. The work all will be doing deserves to be compensated as properly as possible.
Any and all support for Thea and helping in making her dreams a reality is greatly appreciated. There are so many things we will be sharing through this website so we hope people will continue to join us in our journey.
There are so many to thank for helping to support her dreams and help in her artistic journey. Thea’s family, friends and teachers have been such a wonderful cheer squad of her talents along the way. Her grandpa has worked many hours making this website a reality. www.darkhorsedesigns.ca has graciously offered free hosting in support as well. To see the encouragement of those surrounding her warms my heart and makes us both feel so grateful.