Cassandra Nelson is a multi-creative artist, promoter and neurodiversity advocate living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She ditched her 15-year career as a crime lab analyst and now devotes her time to studying neurodivergent creative process, making art, and promoting other neurodivergent artists through her creative agency, Exceptional 2 Infinity.
Through various strategic initiatives, Cassandra works to connect artists to people, places and things that provide social support, cultural pride and financial stability. She is an oil painter, writer and photographer working out of her home-based studio. Through strategic initiatives, Cassandra works to connect artists to professional, social and financial supports in order to help build financial stability and thrive in their work.
She is the mother of two children, born in Southern California, raised in Northern California, and proudly claims Santa Cruz as her true hometown. Growing up in the uniquely progressive and slow coastal town of Santa Cruz, her mostly alternative-style peers and teachers created a neurodivergent bubble for most of her younger years. She was not diagnosed until her early fourties with ADHD and later self-identified as autistic after her young son’s official diagnosis. Since then she has discovered the myriad of technical terms for all of her learning and neuro differences, and dove head first into the Neurodiversity Movement.
Much of her paintings, writings and photographs are driven by the sensory filled and sensually rich aspects of her own life and are designed to inspire and promote a sense of positivity, strength and well-being. She calls this genre Positive Art. As an artist, a neurodivergent human, and queer person, much of her work explores how these identities intersect while peering through the multiplex lens of the neurodiversity perspective. Subjects range from personal figurative portraits to simple still life scenes intended to provoke thoughts, feelings and conversation around the areas of love, intimacy, erotica and sexuality.
She is currently writing her first book, Neurodivergent Creative, and debuting a series of accompanying sensory-focused paint workshops. Her new book examines the lives of today’s modern neurodivergent creatives and how creative expression is used as everyday sensory self-care. She is particularly interested in how we cultivate authentic connection, culture and community through artistic expression and exercise various modern modes of creativity.
She enjoys spending her extra time with her family- forest bathing and beach combing, facilitating a ND creative collective, reading books, sweating in hot yoga, and sipping coffee in bed. She loves public speaking and participating in discussions about the intersections of neurodivergence, creativity and art.
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