Acrylic on Birch Panel
Can hang easily on a single small nail or can be framed without glass. Birch panel is 1/2″ deep.
This painting is of the artist’s youngest son, Langston, who has autism and selective mutism. The piece is about inclusion and adaptation. Langston is sitting in the branches of a palo verde tree in Arizona. He is seen as different among his peers, due to his diagnosis, but he is pure love & light as a spirit. The pathways that stimulate his mind are complex and nuanced, like the tender branches of this tree. We think of trees as having brown trunks and green leaves, but the palo verde tree has a green trunk because its leaves don’t absorb enough sunlight to feed it through photosynthesis. It has adapted to its environment and is beautiful. Similarly, Langston as adapted to a verbal, neurotypical world by learning to communicate with a variety of nonverbal methods while increasing his flexibility in expectations and preferences.