Above are portraits of a beautiful 14 year old young woman that I’ve known since she was a little girl. She was born with the most severe form of Cerebral Palsy and was not expected to live. In her daily challenges for survival she has had to learn how to develop even the slightest of motor skills and controls over her body movement. She has been in physical therapy all of her life and though she struggles, she rarely ever complains. She is a fighter and never gives in to any challenge, large or small. Art and painting is her passion and when she is painting, the joy she shares openly with those around her is one of life’s true treasures. Her mind is limited only by a body that fails to permit her the movement and function that we enjoy. Her dreams are large, and her love is huge. Her name is Ashley, and I am proud to be counted as one of her close friends and fellow artists.