This month of Down syndrome awareness, we want to highlight talented artists with Down syndrome, the first artist we want to introduce to you is Michael Wasserman.
Until he was 39, Michael’s color of choice was
black. If black paint, markers or pencils were unavailable to him, he
had no interest in art.
Shortly before his 40th birthday in 2001, Michael discovered color. In
the course of one week he painted eight pieces using acrylic paint and
With every brush stroke he brushed his soul and colors flowed
onto his paper.
Michael sold his first painting at an auction
presented by Federal Reserve Bank, St. Louis, MO. Proceeds from this
auction were donated to United Way St. Louis.
To benefit Hope Services in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties in CA, his
painting “Soda” sold for $400.00 in June 2009, and his painting
“Grandma’s Cap” sold for $250.00 in June 2010.
In 2009, to help
manage substantial pain from bilateral hip dysplasia, it was suggested
by Michael’s medical team that he would benefit from art therapy. He
began working from home with an art therapist. As paintings accumulated
it was decided to auction them on Facebook.
Michael’s Facebook Art Auctions
have raided several thousand dollars since they began in July, 2012.
100% of all proceeds from his auctions are donated by winning bidders
directly to nonprofits working to enhance quality of life for children
and adults with intellectual disabilities.
We all tend to paint
people with broad brush strokes but …people like Michael show us that in
life and in art there are no limitations.
Don't miss out this article about Michael: Michale Wasserman, Santa Cruz County Stories: Watsonville man has defied expectations his entire life (<---link)
And stop by Michael's Facebook page, HERE. He has an auction going on right now, so stop by!