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Artist Spotlight: Stephen Wiltshire

One of my favorite causes to raise awareness about is autism and this month is Autism Awareness Month. I happen to be a sibling of a person who has autism and I try my best to share how people can help support families who live with the disability. You’ll be surprised how far empathy and acceptance will go.

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, I’m featuring an incredible artist who has autism. Born in London, Stephen Wiltshire is an architectural artist that is able to draw major city skylines from memory after taking a helicopter ride of the city. Amazing right?! Stephen was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3 and went to London’s Queensmill School, where he expressed interest in drawing.

Photo Courtesy: Stephen WIltshire

Photo Courtesy: Stephen WIltshire

His early drawings reflected his interests in animals and cars, to this day he is a collector of American cars. He became fascinated with London landmark and by the time he turned 8, he received his first commission to create a drawing of Salisbury Cathedral from the British Prime Minister.


Photo Courtesy: Stephen Wiltshire

Since then, he has drawn skylines of London, Rome, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai and Jerusalem to name a few! In 2005, he created his largest panorama drawing of his career by drawing the Tokyo skyline on canvas. Citing New York City as his spiritual home, he has drawn it twice, once in 2009 and then in 2011 for UBS’ global advertising campaign.

Stephen and his work have been the subject of many documentaries and has published 4 books. In 2006, Queen Elizabeth II named Stephen a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his contributions to art. Later that year, he opened a permanent gallery in the Royal Opera Arcade. If you live in Houston, Stephen will be in your city later this month for Elevate Houston to draw the Bayou City live. Remember that support I mentioned earlier, this would be a great opportunity.

It’s no doubt that Stephen’s artistry is one of a kind and I’m glad to share his #blackmanbrilliance with you. To see more of his artwork, visit his website.

Artist Spotlight: Veronica Marché Miller

Although I am a graphic designer, I cannot draw…well. Lol. I do plan on taking some sketching classes in the future because I believe it’s another skill I can add to my design arsenal. When I come across illustrators, I get excited because their work is inspiring. And then not even mention, a black woman who illustrates. Eeeek I can’t contain myself. I’m geeked to share our first artist of this Artist Spotlight series, Veronica Marché Miller. I came across her work on Renae Bluitt’s site and couldn’t resist looking up more of her work. VM_renae

I fell in love with this Solange inspired illustration, Radio.


I’m OBSESSED with leopard print so homegirl on the left is like my favorite.


As you can see, her work is amazing. So amazing that she caught the attention of TJX Company and now you can purchase her illustrated cards and gift bags in T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s and Home Goods. #blackgirlsrock

You can view more of her work here. Veronica also just opened her Etsy store and can be hired for personal projects. Contact her: