2011-02-10 / Top News

Teen draws art from experiences with autism


Artist Haley Moss, 16, works kt mostly tly tl in acrylic and digital media. 
COURTESY PHOTO PHOT TO Artist Haley Moss, 16, works kt mostly tly tl in acrylic and digital media. COURTESY PHOTO PHOT TO Haley Moss is a youngg woman with a mission.

The Fort Lauderdale teen wants to help others withh special needs.

Miss Moss, who was diagnosed at age 3 with highfunctioning - autism, is gaining - prominence for her art.

Her bold graphic illustrations w will be part of a show commemorating Jewish Disabilities sh Awareness Month on Feb. 13 at Onessimo Finene Art Gallery in Palm Beachh Gardens. Works will be foror sale, and proceeds benefitfit JCC special needs programming.

Initially for Miss Moss, her art was born from pain.

“I started painting as an escape from school and pressure,” she says by phone. “It was an escape from the social world.”

Some of her influences come from Asia; others are drawn from pop art.

“I was really fascinated by anime,” she says. “It’s pop art meets anime. I was inspired by Peter Max and Romero Britto.”


she Britto. Haley Moss says is inspired by Peter MMax and d Romero Britto 
COURTESY PHOTO she Britto. Haley Moss says is inspired by Peter MMax and d Romero Britto COURTESY PHOTO Miss Moss, now 16 and a high school junior, works mostly in acrylic and digital media. She hopes to create a jewelry line, too.

“I can envision my characters on charm bracelets,” she says. “Things that little girls and their families really would like.”

But art isn’t the only thing Miss Moss enjoys.

She also has published a book, “Middle School — The Stuff Nobody Tells You About: A Teenage Girl with ASD SharesSh Her Experiences.” es She will head to WWashington, D.C., later ththis year to collect an ininternational Yes I Can AAward.

And how does she ddeal with autism? was “In certain situations, we think differently or act differently,” she says, nt adding that it’s not necessarily a bad thing. hi “I’m happy with having autism. I treat it as a positive thing.”

Most of the proceeds c from her work go to charity, and for that, she says she is grateful.

“Right now, I’m still, like wow, it’s really helping other people right now,” she says. “It’s just really cool.” ¦

in the know

Haley Moss will appear at 5 p.m. Feb. 13 at Onessimo Fine Art Gallery, 4530 PGA Blvd., Suite 101, Palm Beach Gardens. Admission is $36, or $118 for two people and a signed copy of her book. For more information, contact Robin Isaacson at 259-3007, or robini@jcconline.com. On the Web: www.jcconline.com/north.

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