In honour of World Down Syndrome Day I’m sharing this recently completed portrait based on a sketch I made when working at an amazing SEN school in London. Really proud of this one – I think it’s one of the best portraits I’ve painted.
A search on Google images reveals there are woefully few painted portraits of people with Down’s (or indeed any learning disability). I believe people who happen to have one extra chromosome are just as worthy of having their portrait painted as the usual royals, celebs, politicians and conventionally beautiful who so often feature on gallery/museum walls. They are just as capable of inspiring enough admiration and affection in an artist to conjure up a strong portrait. Let’s hope we start seeing some more! 👍