Art inspired by an amazing breakthrough between a dad and his autistic son
About The Big Blue Hug:
I am Jason Goldsmith, an artist who creates glass painted art inspired by my autistic son’s efforts to communicate with me. Our art is a celebration of a breakthrough we had when I discovered that Ellis ‘thinks in pictures’. When Ellis was five, I began drawing to communicate with him. Before his sixth birthday he began drawing back to me and it changed our lives!
My art project is called The Big Blue Hug (named after a drawing Ellis made to ask me for a bedtime hug) all of our art is inspired by drawings Ellis and I do to communicate and connect with each other.
Each frame comes with a story about our drawing conversations and the art celebrates the power that shared experience has to make change in ourselves and in others.
(Ellis is now 19 years old! We have drawn well over 20,000 drawings together and I am thrilled to say he talks a lot now. He has grown into an independent and passionate young man. Ellis is an inspiration not only to his family, but to the countless people who have connected to his story and art over the last 12 years The Big Blue Hug has been making art.)