By: Adrian Smith
Autism is an often poorly understood mental condition that becomes present in early childhood, causing children to experience difficulty communicating and forming relationships. The condition can affect one’s language and perception of abstract concepts, but Iris Grace, a five-year-old girl from the UK, is an example of the gifts autism can sometimes bring those who have it. Iris is already a highly skilled painter at her young age, drawing comparisons from buyers to the legendary French painter Claude Oscar Monet. Her exceptional attention, a by-product of her autism, helps her create paintings that buyers are raving about. Iris’s paintings are lucidly colorful, leaving viewers with a gentle feeling once you look at them. She impressively blends greens, blues and reds primarily to create wonderful settings and landscapes. Her paintings seem to drift along. At five, Iris is slowly learning how to speak, whereas most children begin saying many words by the age of two. Her parents placed her in speech therapy before introducing her to painting classes once they began to take notice of her talents.
Photo: Iris Grace Painting