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Arias Cruse

Artist Statement

Arias Cruse is a watercolor artist known for their renditions of Michigan’s landscapes, capturing the tranquility of forests and the vibrancy of Michigan’s coastlines. Using a crutch or wheelchair to access the outdoors themselves, Arias’s artwork not only reflects their personal connection with nature but also underscores the importance of accessible trails. As a disabled artist, Arias finds solace and strength in painting, viewing it as an essential form of mental self-care. They are a passionate advocate for making nature inclusive for all, using their art to break down barriers and promote accessibility. Through their work, Arias invites viewers to experience the beauty of Michigan’s natural wonders and join them in championing accessible outdoor spaces.

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The Recovery Institute