BRENTWOOD -- Much like the acclaimed artist Vincent van Gogh, Brentwood painter Christina Remson finds her inspiration from the simplest things in nature, such as a delicate flower.

"I am inspired by the trips I have taken, by nature, dogs, friends and my loving family," she said. "I am truly blessed and a happy person."

Her avant-garde style and loose brush strokes also mirror the work of the late van Gogh. The 25-year-old with Down syndrome has even done a study of his work.

"Those with special needs have just as much talent as the rest of the population," said Remson's art teacher in Brentwood, Trisha Padama. "She is very enthusiastic and her brush stroke is unique."

Christina's mother, Mirna Remson, said that she wanted to highlight the creative and artistic abilities of other individuals with special needs through a February art show titled "Art From The Heart." She is accepting entry forms from East County artists, with all artwork due by Feb. 1 for the upcoming show at The Gallery on Second in downtown Brentwood.

"People don't realize that our (special needs) kids can be taught," Mirna Remson said. "Some people are born with an artistic talent, but others like Christina took a lot of lessons. She has done it for five years."

The aim of the Feb. 12-16 show is to represent a cross section of schools and programs serving students with special needs, according to Mirna Remson. The artwork can be completed on canvas paper and placed on a Velcro wall or framed and mounted on the gallery's back wall.


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Christina Remson's art cards were recently part of a fundraiser for Special Haven, which is a multi-sensory room in Antioch that has therapeutic benefits for those with special needs. The proceeds from the sale of the art at "Art From The Heart" will go to Special Haven.

"We can get so hung up on them being special needs children. They are so different and we are all different," Special Haven board member David Chuey said. "They all have talents."

Although she was classically trained in watercolor, Christina Remson has transitioned into acrylics as her new medium. Mirna Remson said that her daughter has been encouraged to follow her passion and learn about various artists.

"Acrylics are wonderful for kids with special needs because they can make corrections to their work easily," she said.

Reach Paula King at 925-779-7174 or pking@bayareanewsgroup.com.

If You GO
Art From The Heart will be from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 12-16 at The Gallery on Second, 741 Second St. in Brentwood. Artists with special needs who wish to show their work should contact Mirna Remson at 925-890-2563 or mkaraha@sbcglobal.net.