Young Joshua’s por­trait work for a good cause

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS - DANIELLE EAS­TON danielle.eas­ton@reach­

A YOUNG boy from Hinck­ley is rais­ing money for char­ity by paint­ing por­traits of fa­mous faces.

12-year-old Joshua Mathe­son is be­com­ing quite the lo­cal celebrity af­ter people went wild for a painted pic­ture of Rob­bie Williams that he had de­signed him­self.

Joshua lives with his mother Rebecca Mathe­son and an older brother and younger twin sib­lings. He has al­ways loved art and his fam­ily and school staff have al­ways been wowed by his art-work, ac­cord­ing to mum, Rebecca.

She said: “Joshua came to me one day and asked, how do people paint those pic­tures of faces just in black and white shapes?

“He looked at some pic­tures on the in­ter­net and came through to me later in the day with this amaz­ing pic­ture of Rob­bie Williams.

“I couldn’t be­lieve he had done it, and ques­tioned whether he traced it. He was quite shocked at me for ask­ing,” she says.

Rebecca shared the art­work on so­cial me­dia, and af­ter an over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive re­sponse, Joshua de­cided he would con­tinue to paint por­traits, frame them and sell them, with 50 per cent of pro­ceeds go­ing to char­ity.

Joshua, who has sen­sory pro­cess­ing dis­or­der and sus­pected autism, has cho­sen to do­nate the pro­ceed­ings to the Na­tional Autis­tic So­ci­ety, as his mum says they are a char­ity close to their hearts.

From each paint­ing, the young-artist keeps 50 per cent of the prof­its to fund his equip­ment and to build his own home-stu­dio to com­plete his mas­ter­pieces in.

So far, his art­work has raised £200 for the char­ity.

“We are ex­tremely proud of him,” said Rebecca.

“It’s won­der­ful that he feels so pas­sion­ate about help­ing the char­ity and it’s won­der­ful to see the sup­port and en­cour­age­ment from ev­ery­one.

“Paint­ing helps Joshua to re­lax and hav­ing a quiet room for him to es­cape to and do some­thing calm is ex­tremely im­por­tant.”

Each day, the bud­ding artist re­ceives more and more in­ter­est, with people putting in their or­der for an orig­i­nal por­trait of their favourite fa­mous faces.

Those who have pur­chased a por­trait from him, have even re­quested that he signs the art, just in case one day, his dreams come true and they can say that they are the proud own­ers of an orig­i­nal Joshua Mathe­son paint­ing.

To browse Joshua’s art, or to place an or­der, visit his mother’s page on so­cial me­dia at Rebecca Mathe­son.

12-year-old Joshua Mathe­son from Hinck­ley, is rais­ing money for the Na­tional Autis­tic So­ci­ety by paint­ing por­traits of fa­mous faces

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