Young Joshua’s portrait work for a good cause
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