A very talented, happy, and fun loving girl – on the outside. Kathryn “Kat” Bickman was loved by everyone and was there to help anyone that was having a problem. She could always make her friends smile and laugh, no matter what they were going through. Music, singing and dancing was her life…and you could always tell how she was feeling by the music she was listening to. Her moods would change several times a day. She always said “momma, I just want to be normal.” At age 15, Kathryn was put on medication by her counselor for depression, she hated the meds and overdosed at age 16…and was never the same after that. She had much more anger and anxiety after that but was afraid to take medication. She always thought she was a loser and would be forgotten if she died. She was very wrong! Kat ended her life June 23, 2013 at the age of 22.
This portrait received funding to go home to her family. A copy of Kat's portrait continues to travel with Jessica and the Words Matter exhibit.