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I am creating a series of art pieces about my autistic son and others on the autism spectrum.
I am creating a series of art pieces about my autistic son and others on the autism spectrum.
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"Look At Me"  monotype and screen print 2009

Everyone has a story to tell.  Unfortunately, for those who have autism communication is difficult.  Some people on the autism spectrum cannot speak at all.  I want to speak for them through my artwork.  After all, just because you don't talk doesn't mean you have nothing to say.

I am a printmaker.  I make monotypes primarily, by building up numerous layers of ink on a sheet of paper (see the video).  I also make other types of prints such as etchings and screen prints and then sew everything together.  I can get some pretty interesting effects by layering my prints that are nearly IMPOSSIBLE to get by painting or drawing.  That is why I love printmaking. 

I am also the mother of two young boys.  My youngest son Derek is autistic.  My son is 3 1/2 and can speak about as much as your average one year old.  He is still considered "non-verbal."  The Autism Art Project began with a single art piece--a monotype--that I created about three months after Derek was diagnosed.  At the time, I couldn't even get Derek to make eye contact.  I was fighting around the clock to get my son back.  I titled the piece, "Look At Me."  Over the next year, the idea to do a series of prints about autism began floating around in my mind.  I decided to create a second piece, about the unspoken bond between my sons.  Once the piece was finished, I knew I had no choice.  I had to do the project.  At first I thought about telling just Derek's story.  I am quite literally my son's "voice."  But I want to tell other kids' stories as well.

"Brothers:  The Unspoken Bond"  monotype and mixed media 2011

I want to have a show!!  I plan on putting together a series of at least 10 prints and having a gallery show.  I am going to hang my prints next to pieces created by the autistic children I do portraits of.  The money raised will go towards art materials such as ink, brayers, a roller, paper, mat board, foam core, and framing materials.  It will also go towards gallery rental, promotion, and fulfilling rewards.  Any extra money raised will go towards buying a printmaking press. 

Watercolor #1 by Derek Hanson

This is one of Derek's paintings.  He always makes very deliberate marks with the paintbrush and uses earth tones.  I will hang this next to the print above in the show.  I always wonder what my son is thinking about and what he is trying to say.  I can't wait to find out someday.

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    An original 8" x 10" black and white lithograph. This will be a limited edition print, signed by the artist. You will also receive a show postcard.

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    Original, one-of-a kind monotype, signed by artist. 12" x 16". You will also receive a show postcard. *Contact me with questions

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    Original, one-of-a kind monotype, signed by artist. 16" x 22". You will also receive a show postcard. *This monotype will be a private commission of ANYTHING of your choosing. Contact me with questions or concerns.

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