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Art and Autism: Iris Grace Painting

By Erin Harris | Posted on 07.08.2013 | 5 comments
Art and Autism: Iris Grace Painting
Patience, a painting by Iris Grace Halmshaw, looks like an Impressionist take on a woodland scene, with rocky terrain in the foreground and young trees in the background. It’s been compared to the work of Monet, but it wasn’t created by a trained artist.
Would it surprise you to learn that Iris is just three years old? Diagnosed with autism in 2011, Iris speaks little and has difficulty interacting with others. But her artwork helps her express herself. Since starting a variety of therapies, she has come to interact more intimately with her parents and to communicate through vocalizations, signs, and, of course, art.
Profits from prints of Iris’s paintings are going toward her supplies and therapies, and toward charities such as the UK’s National Autistic Society, the Autism Research Trust, and London’s Special Yoga Centre, which offers yoga therapy for kids and young adults with special needs.
Learn more about Iris and her painting technique on IrisGracePainting.com, a site curated by Iris’s mom. You can also like Iris Grace Painting on Facebook.
Image credit: ParentDish
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Becky B
Thank you all for your comments. And that's fantastic news about the short film!
7/30/2013 3:34:35 PM
Iris Grace Painting
We were very lucky last week to have the talented film maker Rupert Ward-Lewis create a short film of Iris. He has captured her spirit and joy while she paints and her innate interest in nature and the English landscape. This gentle, lyrical film begins with a poem read by award winning actress Olivia Coleman and then takes you on a journey into the world of little Iris Grace.

Iris Grace
A Portrait of an Artist

7/24/2013 2:11:20 AM
Autism Lighthouse
Beautiful painting!
7/19/2013 10:53:51 AM
kevin bader
great vision projection through the eyes of an innocent child.
7/9/2013 12:20:06 AM
kevin bader
great vision projection through the eyes of an innocent child.
7/9/2013 12:20:03 AM
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