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This Weekend Featured Artist: Berkeley Wilkins

"City" by Berkeley Wilkins

Between “Lisa Duties” this week I have been brainstorming for two days about how I want to showcase this very special artist.

Why? Because I think his art work is simply phenomenal.

"Vase" By Berkeley Wilkins & Mom's Favorite!

So… I have decided to just showcase Berkeley’s artwork with his pictures. They speak for themselves and they really don’t need me to say how great they are, so let me share them with you.

"Block" by Berkeley Wilkins
"Block" By Berkeley Wilkins

Berkeley’s mediums are drawing, painting; watercolors, oil pastels and charcoal. Can you believe he was 7 years old when he started creating for the public? He is 10 years old now. His work also includes winning a competition to design the title for his schools year book last year. How great is THAT?

"Leaves" By Berkeley Wilkins
"Leaves" By Berkeley Wilkins

What impresses me the most is that Berkeley’s parents (Kimberly and James Wilkins) have lovingly cultivated his creativity. Kimberly Wilkins states “We noticed he couldn’t see well when he was 4. After a series of doctor appointments, it was determined that he has a retina disease. He has had 4 surgeries to stop bleeding in his retinas. He also has a cataract now. He started drawing at an early age and clearly had talent for it. We put him in many art classes at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria (VA) with real artists who taught him styles of the masters.”

"Potted Plant" By Berkeley Wilkins

The Wilkins are a strong family and they both have very demanding jobs (and more of Berkeley’s siblings to take care of) but they do find time to walk and support the cause to help save and restore sight to the other 10 million Americans living in darkness.  Kimberly’s team is walking in support of Vision Walk and her team’s motto is “there is a cure in sight”.

"Quail" By Berkeley Wilkins

Besides showcasing Berkeley’s wonderful artwork today, I am positive he would want me to send a special shout out from him to his awesome cousins who live in Seattle. Berkeley’s artwork will be very famous now- sooo if he comes to Seattle soon, let’s make sure he signs his autograph on something ?

Just don’t write on your cousins Berkeley!   K? 🙂

Berkeley Wilkins

Berkeley Wilkins you are an inspiration to all and thank you for sharing your wonderful artwork with us.  Have a great weekend!

Kimberly Wilkins Team Vision Walk is on May 8th 2010. Donations can be done on the Vision Walk website located here.

Lisa Jachimowicz
Suquamish, Washington
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5 thoughts on “This Weekend Featured Artist: Berkeley Wilkins

  1. What an awesome showcase! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to see Berkeley’s work again. He’s a great kid and an inspiration to everyone that knows him. I’m sure there’s a bright future ahead with his artwork for this amazing child.

  2. Thank you for the kind words Nina! I enjoyed writing about him, his art and his parents. It was a gift to me to be able to do so! Hope you have a great weekend and thank you for the response!


  3. Thanks to Berkeley’s Dad for sending me the link to this blog! Berkeley did the work in my “Beyond Art Fundamentals” classes run by the Art League School in Alexandria (The Torpedo Factory is where the space is rented out- very often confused with the School.

    I am extremely proud of Berkeley and his stunning work! He is a star!! I do hope that he continues producing in spite of the retinal disease he has been fighting.

    Way to go Berkely!!

    Karen Day

  4. It’s thrilling to see these works all in one place. I have the good fortune to know Berkeley, and I’ve been impressed by his artwork in the past, but seeing this blog post really brings it home to me that this is a kid with TRUE vision. Amazing work B!

  5. We are lucky to know Berkely and his family and see his wonderful work upclose and personal. He never lets his sight problems hold him back from anything and that is to be admired in such a young age.
    Keep going B!

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