Athena CooperBy day Athena works as a digital marketer, but by night she unfurls her creative cap as an acrylic and digital painter. As a co-founder of Tilted Windmills, she uses her artistic skills to create the unique and powerful illustrations for the campaigns.

Athena was born with a rare genetic condition known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which causes weakened bones and muscles and a diminutive stature. As an adult, she stands 3'7" tall, and uses a power wheelchair for speed and safety. Although she has had to deal with her fair share of medical issues, including fracturing over thirty bones to date, Athena believes that it is not her weakened bones or her wheelchair that disable her, but the attitudes of society itself.

For this reason, Athena strives to push into social and physical spaces that continue to prove challenging to people with disabilities. In this way she hopes to provide opportunities for other people with disabilities to demonstrate the strength and value of what they have to offer.


Athena's Articles

Coming Soon: The Find Your Heart(h) Art Exhibit

posted: February 23, 2019

Once upon not-that-long-ago, I secretly dreamed that if I were ever to find a romantic partner that that person would also be a creative partner as well. Never in my wildest dreams could I have anticipated the explosion of creativity … read more

Bi-Gender Butterfly

posted: February 3, 2019

Nature is a remarkable thing. Take the phenomenon of “gynandromorphism,” which is where an organism is born with both male and female elements. It can be seen the most dramatically in creatures like birds, crustaceans and insects where male and … read more

Happy New Year from Horace & Abigail

posted: December 31, 2018

Well, another year has drawn to a close. In the Tilted Windmills household, 2018 was full of late nights studying, early morning dog-walks, weekend coffee dates, and exploratory ventures along Calgary’s Bow River. Athena and Lola, with furniture in tow, … read more

WEBCOMIC: Our First Calgary Winter

posted: December 4, 2018

ATHENA: You know, once I’ve bundled up in my hoodie, knee-length parka, two layers of pants, two pairs of socks and these giant mitts, Lola’s morning walks really aren’t all that bad– STEFAN: Winter is coming. And yes, we’re “Game … read more