But autism has not devalued the artistic skills of 24-year-old Martin Thomas, who has created a niche for himself with his paintings, illustrations and products such as cups, key rings and holiday cards, under his brand ‘mARTism’.
With the support of his loving and attentive parents, Neville and Janice Thomas, the young artist was able to overcome many hurdles.
Thomas’s latest piece, ‘Black Lives Matter’, depicts members of his family protesting against racial injustices worldwide.
Thomas was to have his own art exhibition in March this year, with plans to also bring awareness to Autism Month in April, but was thrown off course by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Parents would buy his paintings for their children’s room,” said Mrs Thomas.