"Creativity takes courage"
Marcus of CoolArt2021
Unique and uplifting art
inspired by wildlife and nature
Hi my name is Marcus Mason-Williams.
I am enthusiastic, hard-working and have a passion for wildlife and nature. I have autism and am proud of it. I have had my share of ups and downs but believe in keeping going no matter how tough.
I have a lot to contribute and want to be the best I can be. Art and performing sets me free and art, my stories and my performances help me to communicate. I connect with others especially the young and the old.
I am excited to have set up my new business and want to thank the Special Olympics of GB, DFN Project SEARCH, 575 Studios, Genius Within and Exceptional Minds for the help they have given me so far…
…and as soon as I complete my animation training I am going to make a film or two!
For those of you who want to purchase birthday cards (and special gifts: flowers, chocolates) I am delighted that some of my designs are now available through Thortful. Please click link below to see my designs in various sizes, including A5.
Music / performing
I have enjoyed performing since school days and took the lead role in Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre at the Glasshouse College. My music interest comes from Bryan Adams and Elton John. I am a proud member of Birmingham Rock School, where in normal times I take singing lessons and perform 3-4 concerts a year. I have also performed in Autism Got Talent in 2018 and in the Awareness of Autism concert in 2017 and looking forward to performing in the next Autism Got Talent Concert in Liverpool after lockdown ends. For me music is a way to see the bright side of life.
I am planning to set up a band called Bright Light, with some friends who also have autism and a passion for music. I composed my first song on the keyboard called “Warrior”, which shows the positive side of having the gift of autism and encourages people to make the most of their talents.
I started drawing when I was about 5. Henry Rousseau’s animal paintings, especially Tiger in a Tropical Storm, inspired me to learn to draw animals. I am now learning how to use digital software with the help of Gary Twine at 575 Studios and Exceptional Minds (Los Angeles, USA).
I like working outside as it gives me fresh air and exercise and helps me to experience my surroundings. My love for the environment came from some of my other heroes: Sir David Attenborough, Bill Oddie, Chris Packham and Johnny Kingdom. I used to work one day a week at Cofton Plant Nursery, part of Birmingham City Council. I also worked one day a week for a local gardener, Chris. I like working with my hands and at my own pace. I liked the people that I worked with as they are caring and did not put me under pressure.
I have been riding for a number of years now. I used to be scared of horses because of their high pitched whinnying. A girl friend and a brilliant riding instructor now at Summerfield Stables in Birmingham helped me and showed me that horses give you a sense of freedom. I am now calm with them and see their gentle side and that horses can be “mans best friend”. One of my delights is trekking across a river, through the sand dunes and then galloping on the beach in South Wales with others from my previous riding school.
I am a member of the Special Olympics of GB West Midlands Ski Group and love our trips to Pila in Italy. I also like running with my Dad and have completed 2 half marathons.