Global Recognition for Iris Grace

Paintings by Iris Grace, a 5 year old with an extraordinary talent to express herself through painting.  She is Autistic and is only just starting to talk but is able to paint in a style far beyond her years.  We wanted to share her art to raise awareness of her condition and inspire other families in similar situations to ours.  Autism is currently affecting around 100,000 children in the UK and these numbers are rising.In the summer of 2013 Iris’s story was published Globally in 227 different countries and over 3 million people visited her site with now over 135 thousand following her adventures on Facebook.  She has sold paintings to private art collectors here in the UK and all over the world, in Europe, America, South America and Asia.

All profits from the sales of her art go towards more art materials and her on going private therapists – Occupational therapy, speech therapy, Yoga, Music therapy and her future.
 Iris Grace

A Portrait of an Artist


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  1. Hello! Thank you for sharing your sweet Iris’ talents! I tried to email an order to you a few days ago but email delivery failed. Should I try a different email address or keep trying the irisgracepainting@yahoo? Thanks so much for your help and time! :)))))

  2. What a wonderful experience it must be to see your child being happy & expressing herself, your journey is so inspiring! Many blessings to you and Iris!

  3. OMG what a beautiful child! The thought of what her 5 year old mind sees has me speechless. The translation from her mind to her brush. Wow! I would so love one of her pieces in my house, just to remind me that there is totally authentic talent. Not learned or practiced but sincerely felt. Thank you for sharing with us. I wish i could put into words how inspiring this really is to me. Please let me know when an aution is planned or how i can acquire a piece.

  4. I wanted to congratulate your family on focusing on Iris, her needs and queues and in return finding her gifts. She may not speak verbally but her art is communicating to the world. She is causing others to pause, reflect and dialogue over her art and autism. Every child is a blessing its our job to find that blessing. Kudos to you for outstanding child focused parenting. I was planning to purchase her work because I love it more than any Monet I’ve seen. Once I read how you manage proceeds I will encourage others to support as well. Cant wait to hang her art in my house in Florida.

  5. First, the video of your sweet, innocent carefree Iris captured my heart and then her paintings touched me. So infinitely important that we all express ourselves creatively, but even more so for your daughter who has this extraordinary talent to share with all of us. This moment with Iris and her magnificent paintings filled me with empathy not only for Iris and you but all parents and all families who so lovely rear children who are physically, mentally and emotionally challenged. Tim

    • Hi Rebecca,
      We get a percentage, they create the product and handle the ordering, shipping…we make the most for Iris through the sales of her giclee prints, cards and calendars which we sell from here at home and can post to anywhere in the world. Currently we are offering free postage on the pck of 21 or 16 cards and the original sized prints 55cm x 75cm. To order just email us at Many Thanks, Arabella

  6. Hi,
    I saw the reportage of Iris making Spring dance.
    I would really love to see another reportage of Iris finishing a painting.
    Could you make another one?

  7. Hi,
    I am Shirly form WeChat MKT team. WeChat is one of the world’s most poplar Messenger. We are interested in Iris’ s painting and wish to put it into WeChat as next version’s welcome page or the Chat Wallpaper. Look forward to hearing your response.

  8. Hi, I absolutely love this story! You can clearly see that Iris and Thula have a beautiful bond. My son also has autism, and I am inspired by what I have read!
    P.S— I love cats’!!

  9. My sister has autism and she has grown up to be a beautiful young woman (she is now turning 22 next month). She has a gift of perfect pitch and sings opera with an amazing voice. I know Iris will also grow up and expand her incredible gift and show the world. Really inspiring, thank you for sharing!

  10. Saw Iris Grace & Thula’s story on GodVine and thoroughly enjoyed it! What a precious bond the two have. So happy you found a pet that your daughter can connect with. Now, on another subject, her artwork is so beautiful! I will be looking around on your site her to consider purchasing some. Love her pastels, which are difficult to find. God has blessed your daughter with a wonderful talent!

  11. I had a cat named Mopper as I called her.We lived two houses away from a Lady that had MS. Well Mopps would spend her afternoons on their porch with the Lady. Animals can form strong bonds as long as two conditions exist. A safe and loving environment. This girl and her cat are the same. The conditions for their love is respect. Each value whatever the other brings to the table and accepts the other.

  12. I’d love to purchase one of Iris’
    Her work is from her heart.
    A beautiful child whose art lets us see what she feels.

  13. I can’t begin to tell you how I am overfilled with joy thanks to Iris and her paintings and the incredible bond between her and her kitty. She is such an inspiration as I have wanted to paint for some time. I can’t wait to purchase some of Iris’ work. 😆

  14. I cant explain my overwhelming joy when I came across Iris’ story! She warms my heart so much and I am so glad that God has given her such a beautiful talent to help her cope with the bad days. I absolutely love her curiosity and intelligence; and her pure love for Thula is so inspiring! I cant wait to see more of her amazing paintings!

    p.s. PLEASE READ “A MANGO SHAPED SPACE” by Wendy Mass!!! This book reminds me sooo much of Iris! It is about a girl who has synesthesia – she associates color, shape, and texture with letters, words, sounds, tastes and more! This is a real condition and I think you might find it very interesting! Also the girl in the book, Mia, has a cat named mango (because that is the color of the cat’s purr) that she is extremely close to like Thula is to Iris.

    With Love,

  15. We also have a 5 year old daughter with autism (still non verbal), who was also diagnosed with autism in December 2011. I wish our daughters could be little friends! I am very admirative of all the work you have done with her and that you were able to find that art therapy is her thing and helps her progress. She seems to be feeling so serene and secure in your beautiful pictures, this is all thanks to your efforts! She is really talented, but also a gorgeous little girl who wants to enjoy herself. I know things mustn’t always be as easy as the beautiful pictures you post, so I wanted to send you my encouragements. We haven’t found the equivalent activity for our daughter, I hope we will. And I hope we can some day have the same cat too :-) I will order your cards for christmas, they’ll be the best ones ever. Best wishes!

  16. Beautiful and inspiring.
    May you tell me where i could buy some of these beautiful paintings if they are for sale, i know how precious ur childs paintings are.
    The names of them have really hit home with me, i suffer with bipolar and currently on a downer with meds trying to bring me back to a certain level. I have never felt so calm at ease and rested no worries no tears there was just tranquility when i saw the ones i saw and the music i heard from the clip was playing over and over in my head. I realised i had sat and looked at her picture for 45 minutes before i heard the beeping of the cooker timer. Lol lamb chops were cooked but nothing else.
    If one picture can make me feel like i just felt i would buy one. Not to have those terrible feelings daily would be amazing and from a child so young who has a disability herself (if thats what you call it).
    God bless you and your family xxxx

    • Hi Melanie,
      I’m a wedding photographer and I do name most of the paintings as Iris was pre verbal when she painted alot of them. We always try and make them relevant to when they were painted and her inspiration.

  17. I wad blown away by Iris from the first time I heard her story. It touched me so deeply I began to cry. I have been struggling with Major Depressive Disorder and severe anxiety and was truly inspired by her power to overcome and do what she loves at such a young age even with autism. It showed me that you have to make the best of every moment and do what works for you as an individual. Its not just her paintings that are beautiful but even more her story and her SPIRIT!!!! Thank you for sharing and I can’t wait to watch how this amazing little one continues to grow and excel.

  18. Hello? I’m 20 years old korean boy.
    I’m studying now an interest about the art.
    While doing facebook one day, I saw your painting.
    Really… The feel in which I enter the forest of the magic in the fairy tale more and more as I look silently at your picture.
    Besides, after listening to your story, a painting was greater and it was impressive.
    So, all stages who I write on the foreign sight for the firtst time. I got an impression really!
    I am fighting with the English dictionary in order to wirte this writing still. :)
    [ haha, English is difficult to me :( ]
    In order to communicate with your idea, draw the pretty picture through your picture in the future.
    A cheer will be always you!! to the of coures great parent :)

    넌 내가 본 아이들 중 최고란다!!

  19. Hallo
    I would like to buy an original Pictures from Iris. I want it as a present for my autisthik Son. Please let me know how much is the Price.
    Kind Regard.


  20. Our son is now 6 years old, but at 3 would only use 10 words. He began Speech Therapy at 3 and still needs that support, even though most of the time he won’t stop talking. He is curious and kind, this year he began more social therapy to help him navigate school. Iris Grace is magnificent! Way to go to her parents too! For all the hard work, the hours of therapy, one moment of success makes it all worth it!

  21. I Kevin have autism I am 22 and I think that your daughter is a beautiful girl make sure she knows that life should be taken fast or slow which ever she needs life is hers to live I love your little girl because she has a way to express herself.

    All Regards Kevin Seefurth

  22. I can not express in words what I have on my paintings. Just tell them that touched my soul and that’s a wonderful thing. Your precious talent is a beautiful gift from God will protect you every day . Thanks for sharing it with us.

  23. Dear parents, How loving, creative and patient of you to keep searching until you found for Iris Grace the ‘magic key’ of painting, which has now opened up so many beautiful possibilities. , Edmund.

  24. Inspirational indeed. You are such wonderful parents, she is truly talented and you are blessed.
    My daughter has a best cat friend too, your video brought happy tears to my eyes.

  25. Hello Iris!

    Just a simple note here to let you know how you inspire my writings. Ever since I saw your art, it felt like I had to start writing again and, hopefully, turn those into a novel someday. If it does, I wish that one of your paintings could be the cover of that novel. I will keep in touch.

    A true fan of your existence,


  26. I happened to come across this while looking at Huffington Posts ‘reasons why cats help people and make them happier’. Watching this video and looking at the paintings, clearly shows just what cats can do to help people. Iris Grace has a beautiful talent and as parents, you must be SO proud of her! I thank you very much for sharing that video with us and taking us inside her world. I’ve worked with autistic children and can see what happens when there’s no therapy or the help needed to communicate and that’s not the case with Iris Grace <3 What a beautiful story and I very much enjoyed looking at her paintings! Greetings from Ontario, Canada!

  27. HI!! I just want to say that i HATE nicknacks and wall hangings and other mundane things people use to fill their homes, i never thought id see the day when i actually liked (loved!) any thing like that. these paintings wrench my attention to them, and invoke some sort of curiosity and deep emotion. I will be contacting you with some questions – hopefully an order!

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