Autism in My Eyes
Michael's paintings are known worldwide for their use of bright color and vivid imagery. I am proud to add this piece to the LJFC Art Gallery. He is an autistic savant artist, speaker, and advocate. I was immediately drawn to the strength and freedom in this work.
This is the newest painting completed for my new 2016 Strength Of Women Series.
She walked out of the front door from a place she had called home for the last 10 years, and said goodbye to the life of survival that she had gotten used to. She was beautiful and wore a size 2 dress, but her husband had verbally abused her daily to the point that she felt as if she were obese, worthless, and unattractive. This day was the day that had come to where she no longer could live the life of her before. She bravely started a new life with what little she had but at least could truly call her own. Mankind is a strange animal as many persons will continually attract and nurture that life which is familiar and makes them feel comfortable in its expectations. She eventually began the dating ritual and immediately recreated her previous existence by selecting someone who would fill the role of the partner that she had become familiar with all her life. A few months passed before a few close friends tried to warn her of the mistake she was making with her new involvement, but there was a “worthless” feeling that was buried deep within her soul and she couldn’t bear to dismiss a man who was showing her attention. Their connection and involvement deepened and that gave him the comfort and confidence to say what he wished in any way he wished to deliver it to her. At first the cutting and diminishing remarks were spoken as jokes, but in time no one was smiling or laughing. One day he casually and verbally cut her emotionally as he referenced her weight. She quickly and defensibly responded with an excuse as she accidentally called him using the name of her ex-husband. She gasped. All the years of the previous abuse flooded into her mind and she looked up to catch the eyes of her new abuser. There was a pause. She pushed her shoulders back, stood tall and walked with purpose to exit his door forever. As she left she loudly said over her shoulder, “Never Again.”