Betty Refour is an artist that I met online. We are in a wonderful group together, WWAO - Worldwide Women Artists Online. Betty's sister Rose has autism. Rose is an artist too, she loves to paint. Betty is Rose's caregiver and encourages her art.
Betty says of Rose: "Rose has been drawing for as long as I can remember but is new to painting. Her favorite medium is red ink. She is mostly nonverbal and will often use art to express herself. Having a conversation with her sometimes is like playing pictionary. She is self taught and has had the opportunity to be a part of several group shows around the country. Her work can be found in private collections around the world."
I saw this piece below on Betty's blog and I had to buy it. This is about the happiest painting I have ever seen! Rose also has greeting cards for sale in Betty's Etsy shop. Her work is very reasonably priced and Betty champions this cause with a percent of Rose's painting sales going to Autism initiatives. She has a special section in her shop for Autism Awareness.
Rose painted this piece on her birthday:
© Rose Refour 2009
Betty said "when she got up that morning she put on her favorite dress, one of her most admired jewel crowns and then painted her face. After all it was her birthday and she was queen...if only for a day."
This piece is now mine! I think it's such a happy painting. It makes me smile each time I see it.
This is a new piece that Rose just finished:
© Rose Refour 2009
Title: Look - (Betty says this is the title because that's all Rose would say when finished!)
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas Panel
Size: 7 x 5 inches
I'll keep watching for Rose's work, she brings smiles into our world.
Please visit my Etsy store for original watercolor paintings priced from $10.00. My Etsy store carries my small works.
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