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About Thea

Thea (pronounced ‘Tea-ah’) has been art passionate 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. With prompting from a friend, as a tween, she started digitally drawing using her iPhone. From there she joined Amino in a fan group dedicated to Star vs. The Forces of Evil. She began drawing fan art of those characters eventually creating her own, a “Starco'' ship kid named Uranus. Not only did she create this character, she also gave her a story. One of the pictures she digitally created became quite popular on her Instagram art page leading many people to learn of Thea and it grew from there. 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 animation 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 and ADHD 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 very 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. She made a best friend,  eventually becoming her girlfriend, who she 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 (she has a connective tissue disorder and we also believe 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!

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Fundraising Efforts

The idea of this website came as a means to help Thea raise money for things needed to help 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 turns eighteen (only a few months away) a good chunk of my ability to support her and her brother will be gone. Most kids are able to go get jobs to make up money lost. Thea, unfortunately, is not one of those kids. The health struggles she deals with (suffers from) would make schooling and working impossible. One or both would suffer greatly. 

The hope is that sales made through this website we will be able to raise enough money to cover equipment and programs needed to further with her animation dreams of bringing Stars Align to life. This is my small way of doing the best I can to help her. It was hard enough to put out $6000 over two years (still paying for another four or five months) for her braces, let alone everything else. Braces for her was not cosmetic, but necessity. She underwent surgery to remove nine teeth. Her one canine was still a baby one, her four wisdom teeth and four teeth (first molars) as well to make room for the remaining teeth. She unfortunately has a very small jaw and all her teeth couldn’t fit. Her adult canines were up in her gums needing to be exposed and slowly over a year or more be brought into place. All her top teeth were shifted (unaligned) and one bottom was bulging out.

I share all this to help better understand why braces were an absolute necessity. Purchasing anything from this website will be helping Thea, and in turn her family because it will be another debt we don’t have to face alone. The last thing we wanted was to just ask people to donate money, so we came up with the idea to offer the song, book and art commissions for sale through her very own website.

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Acknowledgements

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.  A very special thank-you to the people who have already purchased a copy of “The Next Chapter” pre website launch.  

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