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My 6-Year-Old With Autism Creates Stunning Art And Angelina Jolie Just Bought Her Painting!
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My 6-Year-Old With Autism Creates Stunning Art And Angelina Jolie Just Bought Her Painting!

The story of Iris Grace and her best friend Thula has been told on Bored Panda before but what came afterwards was incredible.

Iris, a six-year-old with autism found her voice through painting and her faithful companion. The word spread across the globe, Iris and Thula were sending out a strong message – that different is brilliant. Her artwork has been bought by collectors, including Angelina Jolie. For the first time our family took a trip abroad to Stockholm, a remarkable achievement for a little girl who was once isolated at home unable to speak or be around others.

Now talking, reading and enjoying her home education it’s a different story. I decided to tell our story in our first book ‘Iris Grace’. 3 artists have come together, the painter, the photographer and the illustrator, through words and pictures you will be transported into Iris’s world with the help of Thula, their trusty feline artist assistant. 42 beautiful paintings, 15 illustrations and loads of photos make this an extraordinary memoir to treasure forever. I wanted to raise awareness of autism, to show people that there can be a future, a bright one. The techniques that work for Iris may not work with every child but I do believe there is always a key – it is about following the lead of your child.

More info: Amazon | irisgracepainting.com | Facebook

The story of my 6-year-old daughter with autism and her best friend Thula has been told on Bored Panda before and what came afterwards was incredible

The word spread across the globe, Iris and Thula were sending out a strong message – that different is brilliant

Iris is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant

Her exceptional focus and attention to details have helped her create incredibly beautiful paintings

She found her voice through painting and her faithful companion – Thula, the artist assistant

Iris’s artwork has been bought by collectors before, but one of the biggest surprises was Angelina Jolie!

‘Sunflakes’ by Iris Grace

For the first time our family took a trip abroad to Stockholm, a remarkable achievement for a little girl who was once isolated at home unable to speak or be around others

Now talking, reading and enjoying her home education it’s a different story

I love that we don’t have to conform, we can just go with the flow and follow Iris and she is happy

She’s is more responsive, calm and easy when I set up ‘playrooms’ within the garden or even sometimes out in the countryside…

…and of course wherever we go, Thula comes with us

Even going on bike rides…

…or for a swim

Autism has opened up my perceptions of how you can teach a child

It doesn’t have to be in a classroom it can be wherever the child is most comfortable, using their own interests to inspire them

So I decided to tell our story in our first book

‘Blossom in the Wind’ one of 42 paintings in the book

3 artists have come together, the painter, the photographer and the illustrator

We told her story through words and pictures with the help of Thula, her trusty feline artist assistant

I wanted to raise awareness of autism, to show people that there can be a future, a bright one

The techniques that work for Iris may not work with every child but I do believe there is always a key

It is about following the lead of your child

‘Dance to the Oboe’ by Iris Grace

My 6-Year-Old With Autism Creates Stunning Art And Angelina Jolie Just Bought Her Painting!

‘Thula Mtwana’ by Iris Grace

‘Dancing in Snowflakes’ by Iris Grace

‘Meadow Foxtail’ by Iris Grace

‘Trumpet’ by Iris Grace

‘Under the Sea’ by Iris Grace

Highlights of Iris and Thula

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BethHoward
Community Member
6 years ago

Or Iris even noticing the cat? Which is not to say that it couldn't be a totally magical relationship. Yet ... as a parent of a child "on the spectrum", I can say that this is NOT exactly a typical view of autism (if there even is such a thing as "typical" in the autism world). In the popular press, those with autism are so frequently portrayed as having some incredible gift — and some certainly do, but a small percentage. Those gifted autistics naturally get all the exposure. The reality for many is a very different, and very mundane struggle, not worthy of online videos, or Facebook posts, or the attention of art collectors. Just a very, very challenging struggle.

GraceBarclay
Community Member
6 years ago

Hi Beth, I hope you have read all you can about Iris Grace and the "therapy" cat Thula. It is a beautiful story. On a different level, I support what the parents are doing as far as facebook, videos and the like is concerned. They are showing what works for them. Perhaps it does not work for anyone else, but can be used as an idea or stepping stone. I firmly believe that sharing this story in whatever way possible can only be for the betterment of us all on this earth.

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JaninePerazzo
Community Member
6 years ago

I am so disappointed in the negative comments. Everyone's life and story is different, the take home message is that they are reporting a difference in this child....so why not celebrate it! That is what is most important. Thank you continuing to update us on this little help to send her family.

Leiah
Community Member
6 years ago

Autism, no matter what spectrum, affects every child and family. As much as others suffer from a daily violent tantrum or poor motor movements and facial dysmorphia, the struggles raising a child with its own world and unresponsive even to his/her parents are also real. Not everyone's situations are the same. I really hate those commenters who only think there is only one type of Autism and they feel like theirs is the only one worthy of public sympathy. I have Aspergers and no one can tell me my struggles were not real just because it they were not the same for others!

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ElyonBrown
Community Member
6 years ago

What a beautiful and touching story, thank you so much for sharing with us your joy! Your daughter is very talented personality and I'm happy know she has so wonderful faithful companion like Thula! I'm sincerely happy for all your family!

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BethHoward
Community Member
6 years ago

Or Iris even noticing the cat? Which is not to say that it couldn't be a totally magical relationship. Yet ... as a parent of a child "on the spectrum", I can say that this is NOT exactly a typical view of autism (if there even is such a thing as "typical" in the autism world). In the popular press, those with autism are so frequently portrayed as having some incredible gift — and some certainly do, but a small percentage. Those gifted autistics naturally get all the exposure. The reality for many is a very different, and very mundane struggle, not worthy of online videos, or Facebook posts, or the attention of art collectors. Just a very, very challenging struggle.

GraceBarclay
Community Member
6 years ago

Hi Beth, I hope you have read all you can about Iris Grace and the "therapy" cat Thula. It is a beautiful story. On a different level, I support what the parents are doing as far as facebook, videos and the like is concerned. They are showing what works for them. Perhaps it does not work for anyone else, but can be used as an idea or stepping stone. I firmly believe that sharing this story in whatever way possible can only be for the betterment of us all on this earth.

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JaninePerazzo
Community Member
6 years ago

I am so disappointed in the negative comments. Everyone's life and story is different, the take home message is that they are reporting a difference in this child....so why not celebrate it! That is what is most important. Thank you continuing to update us on this little help to send her family.

Leiah
Community Member
6 years ago

Autism, no matter what spectrum, affects every child and family. As much as others suffer from a daily violent tantrum or poor motor movements and facial dysmorphia, the struggles raising a child with its own world and unresponsive even to his/her parents are also real. Not everyone's situations are the same. I really hate those commenters who only think there is only one type of Autism and they feel like theirs is the only one worthy of public sympathy. I have Aspergers and no one can tell me my struggles were not real just because it they were not the same for others!

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ElyonBrown
Community Member
6 years ago

What a beautiful and touching story, thank you so much for sharing with us your joy! Your daughter is very talented personality and I'm happy know she has so wonderful faithful companion like Thula! I'm sincerely happy for all your family!

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