Portrait of the Artist
Written by Mrs. Olbrys, Ocotober 2010
Alexander prefers to be called Alex or Al instead of
Alexander. He is 21 years old and has autism.
Because of autism, Alex does not talk like a regular 21
year old. He is a post secondary student at Jardon in
Hazel Park, where he learns life skills.
Alex likes to draw and paint. Drawing and painting
come naturally to him. He is always busy and he likes
to express himself through colors and his paintings.
One can say that his paintings show his personality,
which is happy. Alex learned how to draw and paint
when he was 7 with many teachers but the most
noted is Mrs. Ilham Mafouz who is an artist of her
own merit. She introduced to him big canvases,
strong colors and abstract art. He also has learned
from Ms. Katie, at The Art Experience, the skill of
reproducing pictures or anything in sight. Alex is
learning how to make frames from his father who is
very adroit with his hands. Alex then makes his own
frames for his art.
Alex has many other interests as well. He
participates in Special Olympics and competes in
various events. He swims with Angel Finns, kicks a
ball on the soccer field with the Rochester Rockers,
hits a puck into the net with the infamous Michigan
Far Flyers, drops a basket with the Jardon Dragons,
bowls with the Wolverines etc.. to name a few.
Alex also works at the pottery wheel every Saturday
at the Pontiac Arts Center. It was a challenge for
him but he is able to produce some nice bowls. For a
hobby, Alex loves to fish but has not had too much
Untitled, acrylic, $1000