If not for some traumatic as well as life threatening experiences, Michael Quinn may not be who he is today. It was an odd number of miss steps in life that began in his early thirties which finally lead Michael to finding his passion as an Abstract Artist then to a full time Artist then to an Artist Representative through his founding of NeWorldArt. In addition, Michael has a new passion to be involved in non-profits with a progressive movement towards Holistic Healing & Nutrition and various charitable causes helping others by using the Arts to facilitate change.
I’m Michael Quinn and I’m an Alcoholic, a past drug addict and I have bi-polar disorder. Yet, I’m more than just those things. I’m also an abstract artist. I’m a musician. I’m an avid sailor and racer. I love white water rafting and canoeing in Big Bend. I love camping in the mountains solo or with friends. I love sky diving. I’m an avid runner and soccer player. I love riding dirt bikes, skateboards and mountain bikes. I love hiking. And, I love sharing all of these experiences with other likeminded friends.
In early 2013, Michael was introduced to Wayne Connell, IDA’s founder by another friend of his, Peter Strople. After just a few minutes of learning about IDA, Michael knew it was something he wanted to be a part of. Not just because of IDA’s mission to encourage, and connect, but also to educate others of how disabilities affect so many and the stigma that goes along with these disabilities. Living with bi-polar disorder, has been judged, misunderstood, rejected and isolated. Learning about IDA was eye opening because he discovered he was not the only person who suffered from judgment and isolation. In addition to Bi-polar disorder and mental illness, people with living with other illnesses and disabilities such as Cancer, MS, Autism and Alcoholism are also affected.
It is disappointing to hear about so many people with invisible disabilities experiencing such similar discouraging scenarios. It is inspiring at the same time to pursue change and bring encouragement through providing informative facts and education about living daily with our disabilities. I am honored to join IDA as the Ambassador. I look forward to being a part of something so needed.