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Artist donates pieces to Ludington Woods

June 8, 2018 GMT

Milo G. Beman IV will tell you he is a passionate artist, but the art speaks for itself.

Diagnosed with autism at the age of 3, his perspective and style has always been as unique as the artist that holds the brush.

Recently, Beman donated multiple pieces of his artwork to Ludington Woods Assisted Living to be hung in the rooms to bring color and beauty to residents.

“The paintings I am donating are original paintings and studies I have been working on for the past few years,” Beman said.

Several paintings created with pastels, oils, acrylics and more will now adorn the living center.

“We truly appreciate Milo’s donation to our community. It was a pleasure meeting him and hearing about each individual painting. Our residents will enjoy his artwork,” said Ludington Woods Assisted Living Life Enrichment Director Jessica Billings.

Beman, who lives in a suburb outside of Chicago, has been vacationing with his family in Ludington each summer for years, and has had his artwork displayed at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, Shagway Arts Barn and other locations throughout Mason County.

Beman said he knew he wanted to be an artist at a young age.

“I started drawing when I was 5 years old. I took some classes at school and I took some art classes at college and I spent five years from 2011 to 2016 taking art classes at the Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago,” Beman said.

In the beginning of his artistic journey, Beman’s favorite cartoon characters became his first inspiration.

“Charlie Brown, Garfield, Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer, Dr. Seuss cartoon specials and the California Raisins,” he said about his favorite cartoons that he would draw characters from.

As Beman continued to master his craft, he used everything from pen and ink to colored pencils and pastels to markers and charcoal.

Read the full story in the Friday print and e-Editions of the Ludington Daily News.