This is a cartoonish representation of the love of a brother for his autistic sibling. I tried to depict a push-pull relationship between these siblings, which it certainly can exist when there is a communication gap that cannot be crossed
This abstract painting was inspired in part by my brother Mike and also by the artists Kandinsky and Klee. It is an abstract portrait consisting of warped, fractured space and a collection of facial features. A print of this watercolor abstract is available at my Etsy shop, AutismInspiredArt. Here is a link to the listing.
I always hoped to get my brother Mike’s attention. Mike was autistic, low functioning and nonverbal; his attention was devoted to meeting his own needs. Now and then, I would see his eye looking at me. It seemed that Mike’s attention to others was the same as a lighthouse beam: paying brief attention to a […]
I painted this image from a photograph of a frozen frame of an old 8mm family movie, converted to video tape. The transformations of media that portray this moment (from real life to 8mm movie film, to videotape, to a flickering TV screen, to a photograph and finally to watercolor), illustrated how memory can change […]
Kagamusha, Shadow Warrior is a film by Akira Kurosawa. I think of siblings of autistic individuals (like me) as shadow warriors. Typically, the autism family dynamic is centered on the autistic family member. It is difficult for everyone but the sibling carries a heavy burden. My Etsy Shop is called AutismInspiredArt, where Kagamusha is available […]
This portrait of my brother Mike contains an element of wishful thinking: a friendly greeting. Mike was low functioning, autistic and nonverbal. I assembled a group of my watercolors and listed prints of them on my Etsy Shop, AutismInspiredArt. The print below is available on that site. I began my blog (davisbrotherlylove.com) in 2013 to […]
My Etsy Shop is called AutismInspiredArt. The first set of listings are prints of watercolor portraits of my brother Mike. The one below was painted in 2017 and contains some of the iconography I was playing with at the time. It was very difficult to communicate with my brother, who was autistic, low functioning and […]
Here is a portrait of my brother Mike, the first of the 16 current listings listings in my newly-opened Etsy Shop: AutismInspiredArt. All of my watercolors were inspired my Michael, who was low-functioning, autistic and nonverbal. Much of the back story of my artwork can be seen on my blog: davisbrotherlylove.com. Most of the posts […]
This is a screen shot of my newly opened Etsy Shop. Here is a link AutismInspiredArt.
Today, as I promised myself, I open my Etsy Shop. I call it AutismInspiredArt (Etsy does not allow spaces in their shop names). I prepare my posts the day before so, my shop will not be available immediately with the dawning of the new year. Here is my logo: and here is my banner: I […]