Artist with muscular dystrophy creates graphic design company

A Seattle artist with muscular dystrophy started a graphic design clothing company called Snappy Clothing earlier this year.

Kris Napper is no average artist. He was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy. His parents thought he’d be dead by age four, but at 30-years-old he continues to work. Napper has never walked and can barely lift his limbs, but he found a creative calling in art at a young age. As a kid, he’d prop up his arm and sketch. He still has many of his drawings. But over time his condition took away that ability.

“You find ways to adapt,” Napper said. “You do what you’ve got to do. There’s no time to wait.”

Kris Napper for blogHe found new ways to express his artistic side. A computer became his canvas and a mouse his brush. He took a class in graphic design and just learned along the way. Now he spends his days spilling his heart into detailed designs. He rests his arm on two stacked board game boxes, and moves his mouse precisely. He creates graphics that he puts on shirts and hats he sells online. “It’s kind of a big deal to me,” Napper said. “It sounds kind of corny, but it gives me more purpose. It gives me something to contribute.”

Napper isn’t sure how long this life work will continue, or if his condition might worsen over time. “That’s always a fear,” he said. “But that’s not today. No worries today.”

Today Napper is just focused on perfecting his passion. Check out more pictures of Napper and his designs on the Local 12 website.


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