An adorable 3 1/2 year old Iris Grace Halmshaw’s work is creating a buzz in the art world. She loves to paint and does it with extreme focus and attention. What makes her accomplishments also more strange is the fact that she is autistic. She cannot speak, although one of the ways she expresses herself is through her art – further showing that having a disability doesn’t stop people from achieving unbelievable things. Here, meet the Little Master Painter – Iris Halmshaw who cannot talk has amazed the art world by painting outstanding pictures that speak volumes. The results are conceptual and imprecise: there is somewhat of Monet’s Water Lilies in her serene, aqueous style.
UK autistic girl Iris is an amazing artist who started doing art as therapy, but when her parents decided to put the prints on the internet they began fetching high prices. Now her work is being snapped up by art fans from all over the world and youngster’s works continue to be in demand so her parents are planning on holding an exhibition in London to showcase her works. Profits gained from the sales go towards purchasing her more art supplies and the cost of her on-going therapy Iris has 3 times a week.
Born in September 2009, Iris is the couple’s first and only child. Soon after her birth, parents noticed that she was different as she failed to respond when they called her name and initially thought if she was deaf. In December 2011, Iris was diagnosed with autism after her parents observed she hardly ever made eye contact with them and play with other children, and so to assist socialize her they tried many various therapies like speech, equine, occupational and music therapy, looked at her nutrition and some other methods.
She was working with music and horses, although it was her art therapy that actually sparked notable in her. This lovely toddler from Market Harborough in Leicestershire, England really fell in love with painting from the moment she was provided a paintbrush as part of her autism therapy. She changed significantly in a very short time period with the expert assistance of several therapists, and now she plays and communicates by creating her own signs.
Her mother Arabella Carter-Johnson, 32, who runs her own wedding photography business, stated that she had received affirmative feedback since putting her daughter’s paintings on Facebook. She further added, inquiries to purchase her paintings were flooding in across the globe and a print of Patience fetched £830 at a charity auction – the money going to the Special Yoga Centre which gives physical therapy to children with particular requirements. Iris Grace’s financier father, Peter-Jon Halmshaw, 43, also told that when she began doing art therapy we believed it was wonderful, and a number of other people even started saying her paintings were great.
They suppose Iris will carry on enjoying painting; however they know she could be tired of it one day. Since she started painting, there are so many good changes in her like communication has improved, mood has lifted, she has started to enjoy making eye contact, she is saying more and more words, etc.
In the last 4 months, Iris has made 35 works, out of which some took only few hours and others as long as a week-and-a-half. Presently, Autism is affecting about 100,000 children in the UK and these numbers are going up. The family set up a website (irisgracepainting.com) to show off and sell her work, and raise awareness about autism, and so far over 100,000 people in 130 countries viewed the paintings on it. Until now, the family has sold 8 artworks of Iris on the website, and it is planning to make prints of the paintings accessible as well.
When you take a look at Iris Halmshaw’s paintings first time, you will really think that is it possible for such a small girl to make so much beautiful painting that is even hard for adults. Iris has a natural talent – keep painting princess they are all gorgeous!
Take a look at Iris painting videos from youtube:
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