Gifted Louisville man uses art to express himself

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by Rachel Platt

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 5:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville man is ready to head to the big apple and take his artwork with him. Trent Altman, 35, is a gifted man, but it wasn't discovered until he was a grown man.

His world is now rich in color and rich with friends like Lori Montgomery, his art facilitator. His talent seems to make him happy and he sings when he paints.
 
We can't really ask him about those sounds or too much about his work. Altman was diagnosed with autism when he was a child.
 
When he was in his 20’s, his mom started him in art activities to build structure and give him enjoyment.
 
Within 6 months he gave her a painting that she entitled flower of gratitude. She was grateful to find that connection with her son.
 
Since then Altman has created countless paintings. His work is called abstract expressionist, like a golden tree.
 
Some of his art on sale at South Bayly Boutique off Frankfort Avenue. The owner says Altman's work speaks to her.
 
Altman and his work are heading to the big apple this month to take part in the Genius of Autism event. At the event other artists like Altman will share what they can do.

Trent, who may not say a lot verbally, speaks volumes on canvas. Each of us has our own interpretation of his beautiful language with paint.
 

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