FLYING HIGH IN THE
The aviation art of
A book that has been part of our lockdown journey. We started this journey when my 13 year old son Jack Berry, was struggling with the current pandemic of Coronavirus. Jack, is autistic and has been selectively mute for over five and a half years now.
Rachel Hargreaves the head teacher of Barbara Priestman Academy stated in an interview for BBC Breakfast the following "Jack knows his own mind and that he is always, looking for ways that he can demonstrate that he cares".
The ethos of the book is that 'kindness finds its way across any obstacles'. Although Jack has profound learning disabilities, he has been able to fly high in his own sunlit silence.
I'm Jack Berry!
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The Sound of SW London
Jackie Breakfast presenters Neil Long & Nicky Patrick
Rowland White Author
"We all needed a little good news to keep us going through a difficult year. And, throughout 2020, young Jack Berry's pictures of aeroplanes never failed to put a smile on my face. Heartfelt, imaginative, joyful and sometimes incredibly poignant, his art is a fitting tribute not just to the machines, but to the people that flew them. Jack's labour of love is a real testament to the human spirit"
Newark Air Museum
"I find it amazing that a 96 year old war veteran in South Wales and a mute autistic young man from Sunderland and his family can form such a close friendship across the miles and across the generations which serarate us.
In a period in our history when people are isolated by a pandemic which divides and isolates - this book has reached out and linked our households in union. Proof indeed that kindness finds its way across any obstacle"
John Henry Meller, Warrant Officer (Ret) Bomber Command 1942-1950
Photo: Maxine Grundy
Jack's latest masterpiece!
Another F1 subject from Jack, Team McLaren driver Lando Norris.
Lando is pictured waiting for the signal to...GO GO GO.
This is Jack's second painting of Lando, his first depicted the 2020 McLaren MCL35 racing car and is included in Jack's book - Flying High In The Sunlit Silence. Lando wrote the caption that accompanies the painting and said the following:
"Thank you Jack, for this awesome drawing, and for featuring me in your book"