David's Colors: A Special Art Gallery

Raising awareness about autism through art


Although David Idell appeared to be developing normally after birth, and even had a vocabulary of about 35 words at 14 months of age, he inexplicably regressed and stopped responding to people, losing all of his language by about 20 months of age. He was diagnosed with autism by age 2.

David began drawing as soon as he could manipulate drawing/writing tools. His first picture was with chalk – a simple face – eyes, nose, and mouth – at age 3. He then began using markers, which he still calls “colors”, to make beautiful, colorful designs. He studied art with private art teachers and at school, and learned to use other media, including acrylic paints, but still loves his “colors”. With very limited expressive oral language, David’s main form of expression has been through his art.

David is now 18 years old. He lives in Southern California with his parents, Cynthia and Paul, and remains close to his older brother, Philip, who is away at college, but comes home for visits.

Browse Designs
» Equations
» Cat
» Dog
» Bird
» Polar Bear
» Monkey
» Cow
» Rabbit


These designs are original artwork by David Idell, a young man who was diagnosed with autism at age 2. Click on the designs below to see some of the beautiful products. All proceeds will go to nonprofit organizations that support people with autism.





Polar Bear




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