I’m Cristina Powell. In 1988, when I was four days old, I was adopted from Lima, Peru. At fifteen months, I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and a movement disorder…not expected to walk or talk. Thankfully, I do both!


At Paramount Charter in Kalamazoo, MI, Angela Newton, my art teacher, discovered my talent—and my journey began as I created many paintings, and had my first art exhibit at the Portage Public Library. When I look at each painting, I can’t believe it’s my very own artwork! I’m excited to see how much I can do, including making others happy, like my friends at the retirement homes. I also like to write verses for my cards and special words to comfort people.

I like to reach out to people, especially in hospitals and the medical community, with my main focus on cancer, heart disease and pain. I do this through my art, a kind hello and a gentle smile with patients, their families/friends and staff. This makes me feel good and people say it gives them hope and inspiration. I’m very thankful and proud of what I can do.


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Much love,