When Iris Grace was diagnosed with autism, her parents feared the worst. Would she ever have a normal life? How would her disability be treated by society? Would she ever be able to make friends? All these thoughts passed through their head as they tried to find the best way to raise their beloved daughter. What they would soon find out, though, is that their little girl possessed an amazing talent that would turn her into an international sensation.
We have featured Iris's story before, but as she grows older, her work continues to amaze more and more people. Iris has an incredible attention to detail and it provides her with a unique artistic ability that separates her work from any other painter you can find. With the help of her faithful therapy cat Thula, Iris has created over 42 paintings - an amazing achievement for a six-year-old.
Art collectors have begun to pick up her work, and even Angelina Jolie has bought one of her paintings. Recently, Iris's mother took to Facebook to give an update on her daughter.
"The story of my 6-year-old daughter with autism and her best friend Thula has been told before ... and what came afterwards was incredible."
"The word spread across the globe, Iris and Thula were sending out a strong message – that different is brilliant."
"Iris is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant."
"Her exceptional focus and attention to details have helped her create incredibly beautiful paintings."
"She found her voice through painting and her faithful companion – Thula, the artist assistant."
"For the first time our family took a trip abroad to Stockholm, a remarkable achievement for a little girl who was once isolated at home unable to speak or be around others."
"Now talking, reading and enjoying her home education, it’s a different story."
"She is more responsive, calm and easy when I set up ‘playrooms’ within the garden or even sometimes out in the countryside… "
… and of course wherever we go, Thula comes with us."
"Autism has opened up my perceptions of how you can teach a child."
"It doesn’t have to be in a classroom it can be wherever the child is most comfortable, using their own interests to inspire them."
"So I decided to tell our story in our first book."
"I wanted to raise awareness of autism, to show people that there can be a future, a bright one."
The book is titled "Iris Grace" and is set to be released on March 22, 2016. You can pre-order the book here, or go to her website to find more information.
H/T: Bored Panda | Iris Grace Painting