PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Last January, 15-year-old Destiny was featured on Wednesday’s Child.
She was 14 and spent the morning at a gym learning to climb silk. She was hoping to find an adoptive family.
Now her wish has come true and she’s in the final stages of adoption.
“The adoption has been going great,” Destiny said. “I’m excited but also nervous.”
Destiny is an artist and will eventually have one of her paintings in a public art display on the side of a building on the east side of the Burnside Bridge.
Over the summer, she was part of Color Outside the Lines and a special project called Unity, which displays art by foster and adoptive children in public spaces.
“That’s still kind of crazy,” she said about her art being on display for years.
She was paired with Japanese artist Yugi, who helped her along as a mentor, teacher and friend.
“She was amazing,” Yugi said. “Very inspirational, very articulate.”
“It was always such a joy to have her come in,” program organizer Anna Barlow said. “The room lights up.”
Destiny was Wednesday’s Child but now she’s an artist, spreading her wings and looking forward to life with her new family.
“Before this, I was very self-conscious about my art, like ‘I’m not very good at art,'” Destiny said. “Now through this, I’m like, ‘I’m not that bad!'”