Her paintings sell for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. But money is not the motivation here. In the case of Iris Grace, Art is how she expresses herself. Iris is autistic and has never spoken, but her paintings speak volumes and stir emotions in those that see them.
(All photos are copyright of Iris Grace).
I first saw Iris’s work on http://www.boredpanda.com/5-year-old-painter-autism-iris-grace/
Wow! Her paintings remind me of the Impressionists, particularly Monet and his water lily series. Her parents, Peter-Jon Halmshaw and Arabella Carter-Johnson, bought art materials for Iris on the advice of her psychologist, and like any proud parents, they thought her paintings were beautiful. But then their family and friends started going crazy over Iris’s art, and it snowballed from there.
All proceeds from Iris’s art sales goes towards her ongoing speech therapy, music therapy, yoga and of course, now art materials. It is also hoped that Iris’s paintings can help raise the public’s awareness of Autism, which affects 1 in 100 people in the United Kingdom.
You can follow Iris Grace on her own blog http://www.irisgracepainting.com There are several video clippings on her blog that show Iris Grace at work.
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