Hi, I'm Noah! I'm a freelance artist and community worker from Atlanta (stolen Muskogee land). I illustrate children's books, create comics, design shirts, fundraise for mutual aid, and organize community spaces for trans kids. I love working with kids, and enjoy visiting schools to lead workshops on art, gender, and storytelling.
My art explores queer futurism, gender euphoria, dreamwork, trauma, resilience, and post-traumatic growth. My goal as an artist is to celebrate trans joy, empower trans youth, and create space for community healing. I am interested in independent creative projects that imagine a world transformed by love and liberation.
When I'm not making art, you can find me wandering the Atlanta forest, hanging with feline friends at my favorite cat cafe, or dancing at my local burlesque studio. 😘
If you like my art, you can follow me on Instagram, buy prints on Etsy, support me on Patreon, or buy wearable art at shirts4change.com, where 50% of profits go to trans mutual aid. I also have a free printable art activity for young kids to do at home, and a free printable flyer for Protect Trans Dreams. Please feel free to print these and share them with your community!
My very first exhibition in a museum, Protect Trans Dreams, is on display at the Boston Children's Museum from April 13th to July 24th, 2022! Protect Trans Dreams is a series of large scale acrylic paintings, celebrating seven local trans kids and their visions for the future. I have been working on this project in collaboration with kids and families since 2019, and I can't believe it's finally happening! You can learn more about Protect Trans Dreams here on my page, in the Boston Globe, and on the museum's website. Get tickets here. Gallery admission is included with general museum admission, and the museum offers $1 tickets on Sunday afternoons.
I am also slowly working on my first solo children's book, Mama Moon, and my first graphic novel, Cloudland. Both books are deeply personal, and are slated for publication by Henry Holt in 2024! Mama Moon is an illustrated poem about a child who muses that their mother, who has bipolar disorder, is like the moon. Cloudland is the story of a trans boy's first crush, at an all-girls summer camp in rural Georgia, loosely based on my own childhood memories. I've been working on these two stories for what feels like forever, and I cannot wait to put them into the world!
I am the illustrator of It Feels Good To Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn (2019), The Every Body Book by Rachel Simon (2020), and The Gender Identity Workbook For Kids by Kelly Storck (2018). My art has also appeared in We're Still Here: An All Trans Comics Anthology (2018), The Transgender Heroes Coloring Book (2019), and on the covers of Rolling Warrior by Judy Heumann (2021), Too Bright To See by Kyle Lukoff (2021), The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean (2020), The Other Animals by Audible (2019), and Boston Pride Guide (2019 and 2020).
Say hi, don’t be shy! I am currently booking events and school visits for 2022, with limited availability. If you are interested in hiring me to illustrate a book or book cover, please contact my literary agent, Kelly Sonnack, at email@example.com. For all other inquiries, please use the form below.
partial client list:
My clients are typically authors, educators, activists, publishers, and small businesses. Past illustration clients include Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Audible, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, New Harbinger Press, Beacon Press, Utile Design, Trans Resistance MA, Transmasculinidad, Southern Fried Queer Pride, Boston Pride, and Berklee College. (These are clients who hired me to make art; see the "events" section below for clients who hired me for school visits and community workshops.)
I graduated from Lesley University in 2018, with a BFA in Illustration and a concentration in Creative Writing. I completed an AIR Serenbe Focus Fellowship in 2020, and returned to Serenbe in 2021 for an independent residency. I'm always looking for opportunities to continue my education, within and outside of academic structures. I believe in the power of communal knowledge; I have learned more from my community than from any institution. I am always learning and unlearning!
I believe in art as a means of materializing visions of liberation, healing from trauma, and manifesting change, at both individual and collective scales. I believe in adrienne maree brown's fractal model of change, maintaining that "how we are at the small scale is how we are at the large scale"; therefore, we cannot enact systemic change in the world at large, without first visualizing change in ourselves and our communities, through art and other means of generative communication. I use my art to imagine a radically equitable future, free of the violent cissexism of the colonial, carceral state. I believe that, by working together and rejecting the scarcity mindset that capitalism ingrains in us, we can dismantle systems of oppression and replace them with networks of community care. I support abolition of police and prisons, reparations, and Land Back. I am interested in creative work that centers and empowers marginalized voices, and inspires action towards a more equitable future.
I am a white, able-bodied, neurodivergent (ADHD and PTSD), middle class, queer, nonbinary, transmasculine, sexual assault survivor. I strive in and out of work to be allied with, and follow the leadership of, Black, Indigenous, migrant, disabled, fat, femme, poor, sex worker, and other marginalized communities. If you are looking to hire an artist who identifies within these communities, feel free to reach out, and I will provide referrals to the best of my ability.
I love visiting schools and community spaces, both physically and virtually! I have taught workshops at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, universities, museums, libraries, art festivals, and community centers. Some of these spaces include Lesley University, Northeastern University, MassArt, Amherst College, the Henry Frost Children's Program, Acton Academy at Serenbe, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Children's Museum, the American Library in Paris, Charis Books & More, and Little Shop of Stories. Here are some photos from past events: