This is an autism-inspired abstract portrait of the divided attention I was always trying to get from my autistic brother. During most of the time I spent with Mike I felt there was an unbridgeable gap between us. I often tried to engage him, but it was very difficult to get his attention. I painted […]
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 don’t have a specific memory of the moment when this photo was taken. I’d like to think it represents my overriding attitude toward my brother Michael. Mike shaped my life and although there were many years that I neglected him, his influence was always with me. Oh how I wish we could have had […]
I intended this portrait to express Mike’s other-worldliness. But we are brothers and I had a connection with him, if only in one direction. We share the same oddness – in different ways – just as we do the same genetic makeup. I painted this in 2015 (Final Transition).
Mike probably transitioned away from his family during the first few years of his life. I don’t mean that he did this on purpose, although that’s what Mom used to think, very bitterly. Mike was normal looking until he went to Willowbrook. My parents were duly notified when Mike got his front teeth knocked out, […]