Grace was born in 1988 and was diagnosed with autism at the age of five. She demonstrated talent in art at an early age. Her strong sense of spatial design was evident by age three, when she was working on 100 piece jigsaw puzzles and was able to put these puzzles together on the reverse, corrugate side, assembling the pieces based solely on their shapes. Her abstract art is characterized by this developed intelligence for spatial design.
Grace is highly affected by heightened sensory perceptions, a characteristic sometimes seen in austism. For Grace, the world is full of colour and sound and smells, and she sees colour in people, emotions, music, and months and days of the year. This sensory acuity is also visible in her art as she combines patterns and textures with strong use of colour in ways that reflect the chaos and beauty of her experience with autism.
Her preferred process is the mono-print, where a single print is painted on a hard surface, and then transferred onto paper through a press. Like any artist, Grace’s style continues to evolve as she seeks to express herself in new ways, and is encouraged to try new things.
Grace was the poster child for the Geneva Centre’s International Symposium on Autism in the year 2000. Since that time, she has won several awards for her work, has participated in a number of exhibits, and has sold dozens of original prints in Canada and the U.S.A.