Mike-Related Watercolor: Dividing Shadow (2016)

When my older brother Mike was at home (in the 1950s and early 1960s), our family went on camping trips. It wasn’t easy. Mike was (and is) autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. Mom tried as hard as she could to connect with him, but there was an impenetrable barrier. No one could get through. It […]

After Image

In this study I reduced a portrait of my brother Mike* to a line drawing, borrowing a bit from Paul Klee, Bauhaus Master and Painter from the early part of the 20th century.  On the left side of the paper, I drew the same line drawing, first with white pencil, with the hope of creating […]


The picture of Mike, my older brother, on the swing set in the back yard shows him looking at the camera. (I posted this picture a couple of days ago.)  He looks like a regular little boy, probably about 7 or 8 years of age. What the viewer does not see is that Michael is autistic, diagnosed […]

Mike Portrait

My brother Michael is unrecognizable in this portrait. I had not intended it this way, but it is oddly appropriate. Since Mike has never spoken and functions on a very low level, I don’t know much about him as a person. He is alien to me. As I have discussed in previous posts, seemingly ad […]

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