Beautiful Flower Art Paintings Prints Cards by Logan Madsen, Multiple Disabilities Don't Stop Logan





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Published on May 23, 2012


Ironically, I was born on April Fools Day in 1980 with a rare condition called Miller Syndrome. This condition involves multiple physical abnormalities primarily affecting the face, forearms, hands and hearing. There are about 30 documented cases worldwide. My sister, Heather, is also affected; making us one of two families having affected children from the same parents. I spend a lot of time with doctors or in therapy and must cope with many different kinds of medications, often resulting in complicated side-effects. While looking for answers to the queries that my consciousness and emotions raise, I received a diagnosis of ADHD and Asperger Syndrome (a form of high-functioning autism). This new information has led to a greater understanding of my self and my sensitivity to the details that create all of existence.

At a young age, I began drawing. Communicating through images continued into high school where I experimented with acrylics and oils to design non-objective art. After graduating I recognized my fascination for the graphic arts and earned my Associate's degree in graphic design/multimedia. Being completely saturated, the field of graphic design was difficult for me to penetrate. Discouraged and enveloped in depression, I sold all my possessions and moved to Palm Springs where I started working for my uncle as an assistant landscaper. Having such concentrated exposure to nature's beauty inspired me to paint. With my hyper-focused mind, I decided to paint the side of a palm tree -- close up. My childhood dream of becoming an artist was renewed. I painted the background sky-blue to balance the amplified green and yellow attributes in the tree. POW! It was visual ecstasy.

I experience colors and textures emotionally; the same way I feel love and hate. My art defines my exaggerated senses; therefore, I call it "exaggerated-realism". Compositionally, I demand the canvas to explode with dramatic color and precision. These creations are not traditional paintings but intense portraits of nature, flooding the viewer with enriched passion. Positioning my subject asymmetrically triggers an electrical spark of comforting recognition inside my brain -- inherently creating a contemporary look.

Art has helped me to reach inside myself as well as acting as an equalizer for me in society. Being an artist has allowed me to express my unique perceptions. I have been denying that my disabilities exist for most of my life because I want people to see the many other aspects I possess. Today I am learning to embrace my inequalities and accept reality. Yes, I am different, and that is becoming one of my strengths.

To see more and for art purchases see:

Read "Eight Figners and Eight Toes: Accepting Life's Challenges" by Debbie Jorde (Logan's mother) for more of Logan's story.

See debbiejorde.com


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