An "exceptional" son and his father are inspiration for each other in many ways. The family's journey is documented here daily (well almost). The father's artworks along with father & son collaborations are for sale and can be viewed here as well.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Farewell, Miss Layla
We will miss you very much. You were an awesome mama to your big kittens, Jessie & Ben. Adopted 1-24-2005 at two years of age. Returned to heaven 4-14-2008.
Ben is a wonderfully happy 11-year-old boy. He has a rare genetic disorder scientifically known as Tetrasomy 12p. The related syndrome is called Pallister-Killian Syndrome (PKS). As for me (Bennie, the dad), I'm a 1986 graduate of Furman University with a BA in fine Art. Married to my wife Joan for 17 years, we have two children; a daughter named Jessie and our son Ben. It is through Ben's inspiration and our current living situation that I was able to become a full time painter over six years ago. From March through November I do art shows and festivals throughout the Southeast. We occasionally offer our collaborative paintings for sale - prints are always available. It is also important for our family to tell about our experiences in raising an exceptional child. My love for Ben goes hand in hand with my creative process. Without one I cannot have the other.
It is our desire that this blog not only provide a part of our family income but more importantly we give you inspiration, hope, joy, and insight for your own journey in life.