AutismInspiredArt Etsy Shop: The Lighthouse (2015)

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 […]

Memories of Michael: The Portrait (1989)

I studied this photography very carefully. It is the one that was the start of a 15-year photography project, which helped me to get to know my older autistic brother a little better. It was difficult to get Mike’s attention and, as his little brother, this is probably something that I craved. It is hard […]

Can’t Pay Attention

Sometimes I have trouble focusing on the book I am reading. The image below is my solution for the problem of picturing lack of concentration. The portrait is more or less conventional. I’m not sure I got the eye rolling quite right, but they certainly are not focused on the book. I wonder if there […]

More Grids

I am convinced that I am on the right path to finding some design patterns to tell my story. I have been studying some of Kandinsky’s compositions and marvel at some of the small patterns he smatters across the canvas: a grid here, an eyeball there. I am sure I can make something visible about […]

Beginning of a Personal Symbology

The suffix ‘-ology’ means, ‘the study of’. For example ‘cosmology’ means ‘study of the cosmos’, ‘biology’ means ‘study of biological phenomena’, and so on.  Today I begin studying the symbols that were and are important in my life. I want to identify the symbols from my early years that have, and continue to affect my psyche. My […]