Jonathan Murphy and James Sullivan

Jonathan Murphy is a professional voice actor and James Sullivan is a filmmaker. Both are autistic and together create Bluebee TeeVee: videos educating young children about autism. 

Nominator: “Jonathan and James create comics that are centered on the themes of bullying awareness, self-acceptance, peer-acceptance, and understanding autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.” 

YouTube: Bluebee Tee Vee Information Station 

A double portrait of two white men on a laptop screen created with shiny acrylic paint. One man holds a hand puppet. A toy zebra sits on the left of the keyboard and on the right is a toy rabbit.
Jonathan Murphy and James Sullivan by Yukari Sakura and Chris Rosales, acrylic paint on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, 2019

IMAGE: A double portrait of two white men on a laptop screen created with shiny acrylic paint. One man holds a hand puppet. A toy zebra sits on the left of the keyboard and on the right is a toy rabbit.

Yukari Sakura from Creativity Explored and ArtReach Studios works with great focus on what she calls her ‘very own stories,’ gathering inspiration from mythological tales, animated films, and video games. She works with a variety of materials and also creates animations. 

Chris Rosales from ArtReach Studios is a college-educated artist, believing that working in a single medium is restrictive to his artistic process. Using many mediums, his work is influenced by his experiences in nature.