Artist with Down Syndrome has painting accepted by Will and Kate

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News
Tazia Fawley's art was accepted by Will and Kate. (Image courtesy Facebook)

Little Prince George is about to have a new painting in his nursery.

The artist: Tazia Fawley, 43, a Somerset artist with Down Syndrome.

Will and Kate accepted the painting, titled "Rupert Flying Over the Clifton Suspension Bridge," after it was recommended by Heart and Sold, a charity that promotes artwork created by people with Down Syndrome.

“I contacted the palace before the Prince was born to see if they would like Tazia’s art for the baby’s nursery," said Heart and Sold's Suzie Moffat. "I was thrilled when the Palace replied saying that they’d love the artwork so we sent it over to them."

"Kate and Wills even sent us a thank you note."

The painting, which depicts "hot air balloons over Bristol’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge and children’s favourite Rupert the Bear," took Fawley six months to paint, SWNS reported.

Fawley, who lives with her mother in Somerset, England, paints for up to five hours a day from a studio in their back garden.

The painting is worth around £2000 ($3260 CAD), but Fawley was happy to gift it to the royal couple.

"Tazia thought it was a lovely thing to do, to give the painting away," said Fawley's mother, Gylda. "Especially as the Duke and Duchess had said it was going to be hung in the royal nursery.

"The painting is of the Bristol Balloon Festival and it’s one of my favourite pieces of work," Fawley told SWNS. "I gave it to Kate and Wills as a present, because they seem like good people and they wanted to bring some colour into their son’s nursery."

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She added, "I’m so excited to know that my painting will be seen by the most famous baby in the world."

Fawley's proud mother is thrilled at the positive response to her daughter's work.

"A lot of people have said to me that her work is wonderful, and I really believe it," Gylda said. "If a person with a Down’s Syndrome child sees her work, they can take a big positive from it. It can give them a much more positive outlook because their child may be able to do the same thing."

"'I don't see myself as a Down's Syndrome artist, I see myself as an artist who just happens to have Down's," Fawley added.

Prints of Fawley's suddenly famous canvas are available here.

Her first gallery show will take place at the Princess Theatre in Burnham-on-Sea in October.