Evan Lori Mahone

Artist. Programmer. Advocate.

I make art.

I have been making art my entire life. I love learning new ways to create and express myself. I use whatever media I have at-hand to create: digital, pen, pencil, markers, yarn, found objects.

I have a special interest in patterns, specifically, repetitive patterns with small incremental changes. The patterns which I see in the world I draw, and the patterns which I draw I see in the world. My drawing is meditative and reflective.

I use art as a tool in my activism. Since 2009 or so I’ve been making designs, posters and buttons for the various projects and causes I’ve been involved with. From 2016 to 2021 I worked as media specialist for The Baltimore Transgender Alliance. My art is also an act of empowerment – for myself and my community.

I write code.

In 2013 - I graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a degree in computer science. In college I was highly motivated by the application of computer science to my other studies – psychology and neuroscience. I specialized in cognitive science and data science.

Since 2013; however, I have learned to combine my skills in art and design with those in programming. I taught myself, and learned through work experience, how to do web design and full stack development. More recently I have taken that even further – to create art with my code; generative art. I’ve been working on generating the patterns which I draw and see in the world with code.

And I advocate for my community.

I am a trans woman. I am queer. I am neurodivergent. Living at the intersection of these identities is not easy. However, I strongly believe that any trial I endure only equips me to better serve others. As long as I am living and surviving, I will use what I have been through to better understand and be empathetic towards others.

My community is my family. I am committed to support all queer, trans, and neurodivergent people. Many of my community members call me mom – because I’m always looking out for them – whether by cooking them food, giving advice, or just being an ear or a shoulder.

I’m always looking for more ways to support my community. From 2016 to 2021 I worked with The Baltimore Transgender Alliance to advocate for trans folks in Baltimore. Other projects I’ve worked on are the Baltimore Trans Ladies’ Picnic, a trans clothing closet , Bmore Trans, Generation T, as well as volunteering my time for various advocacy organizations.