Thirteen year-old Dylan shifted uncomfortably as he waited for the big moment. His parents beamed. The crowd of more than 250 buzzed in anticipation.
And Democratic Congressional candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham grinned as she unveiled Dylan’s painting – the Obama horizon logo above Southwest mountains.
“As parents we were extremely proud to see Dylan's painting unveiled,” said Dylan’s Mom, Shara. “It was heartwarming to see Dylan standing next to his painting with remarkable composure through several rousing speeches and to see him shake the hand of our Congressional candidate.”
Diagnosed with autism at age three, Dylan has found a powerful form of expression in his painting.
“I feel fantastic. I feel really relaxed,” said Dylan. “[When I was creating the Obama piece] it was like I was in the painting.”
Dylan is a fan of the President, and he dreams of someday meeting First Lady Michelle Obama.
“I think she is a good mom,” said Dylan. “I like her style, the way she looks.”
Dylan’s painting now hangs prominently in the OFA New Mexico Northeast Height Albuquerque office as a powerful reminder of the many unique voices who support President Obama and OFA New Mexico's belief in the amazing potential of each of our neighbors.
Shara couldn't be prouder of her son… and his perseverance:
“We believe that Dylan's message is that every child has exceptional abilities and that parents, school systems and government must strive to find a way to nurture those abilities to secure the future of our nation.”
Would you like to see Dylan’s painting? Stop by the Northeast Heights office (7301 Indian School Road, NE, Albuquerque) and sign up to volunteer.