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. For the past 8 years or so I’ve been making designs, posters and buttons for the various projects and causes I’ve been involved with. Since 2016 I’ve been working 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.

Over the past 5 years; 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. Since 2016 I’ve been working with The Baltimore Transgender Alliance to advocate for trans folks in Baltimore. Other projects I’m working on are the Baltimore Trans Ladies’ Picnic, a trans clothing closet and Bmore Trans.