Born deaf, confined to a wheelchair for two years and with a stutter, to overcoming the odds and gracing world stage, Tyler Gordon is no ordinary kid indeed!
At just 14, teen artist Tyler Gordon
is raising the creativity bar and smashing major headlines all thanks to his genius artistry and bravery.
Teen artist Tyler Gordon, from California went viral after showcasing himself painting a portrait of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Twitter, it got her attention and yes she absolutely loved it and excitedly gave him a call!
Posting the clip, he wrote:
“@KamalaHarris My name is Tyler Gordon and I’m 14 years old and I live in the Bay Area! I painted this picture of you and I hope you like it!!! Please Rt and tag her so that she can see this. Please!!!”
The painting got the attention of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea Clinton who tagged Kamala’s Twitter profile in her post.
After it got Harris’ attention, she reached out to the talented young man and overwhelmed by the amazing feedback he shared a video of his conversation with Kamala in which she said:
“I’m overwhelmed with just the magnificence of your artistry. You really have a gift, my goodness. I was so touched to see it.”
Tyler tweeted, “She called me!!!!!! @KamalaHarris called ME!!!! Thank you so much Mrs. @KamalaHarris it was amazing talking with you today!!!
Also thank you Mrs. @ChelseaClinton for believing in me and helping me to reach Mrs. Harris!!!”
@official_tylergordon on his website explains that he was born deaf. At the age of six, he had surgery which helped him regain some of his hearing.
He gets his love for the arts from his mother, a painter herself. He started painting at age 10 and has since created portraits of Obama as well as many celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jordan, Beyoncé, Jay Z, and more. He already has a few prizes such as the Global Child Prodigy 2020 award and the Global Kids Achiever Award to his name.
In interview with NBC Bay Area, Tyler explained why he chose Harris as his subject.
“She broke through tons of barriers and I broke through tons of barriers myself with my stutter, me being in a wheelchair for two years and me being deaf since I was six,” he said. “I broke through tons of barriers and I feel like she represents that.”
Well done @official_tylergordon 😎💪🏿