Growing Up – Header to Next Section of ‘My Brother Michael’

Mom must have taken this picture of Dad, Mike and me (I’m on the left).  This was before Dave was born so it must be around 1954, 1955.  Mom and Dad said that they knew that Mike was different very early on, even though he was their first child. Autism was just beginning to be […]

One Image, Two Expressions

This is the reference photo for yesterday’s sketch. Mike was very relaxed and looks pretty happy here. I didn’t quite capture this expression yesterday, but I felt compelled to share this image today. It was always heartwarming to see Mike smile. I don’t have an exact date of this photo, but it is most likely […]

Undated Portrait of My Brother

I was hoping to get some insight about portrait painting. I recalled that Picasso and Portraiture was chock full of interesting articles. When I opened it up, one of my old sketches fell out.  This is a portrait of my older brother Mike. Mike is low functioning and autistic and nonverbal and now resides in […]