Peaks and Valleys

Acrylic on wood with joint compound

Peaks and Valleys is an ongoing series of paintings that uses texture and vivid color to stimulate the mind of adults and children with autism. It is important to stimulate the child’s sensory cortex and this is where the tactile aspects of the painting come into play. The movement within the paintings also emulates the restricted and receptive behavior that sometimes accompanies those with autism. Vivid and bright hues are also used to stimulate the mind of the autistic child, just as much as the texture.