This is the video that started the world-wide interest in Trent and his art
Trent was born in 1997 and diagnosed with classic Autism at the age of two. He began drawing as soon as he could hold a pen. For years there were animals and text drawn on all his family’s walls, three feet off the floor. Trent loves to read, listen to music, watch TV (his favorites are Phineas and Ferb & almost everything Disney). Having very limited verbal communication, Trent deals with much frustration, but finds an escape through drawing. Because Trent does not want to part with any of his original drawings, a limited number of prints have been made of some of his most interesting drawings.
Trent’s View of the Zoo coloring book was created by the incredible staff at Heartspring, an international school for children with communication disorders located in Wichita, KS where Trent has attended for seven years. When Trent began attending Heartspring in 2009 he could not be left at home without his father present. He was violent and aggressive and could fly into a rage at any moment for any reason. Trent now is a model student, almost always compliant and usually a joy to be around.
Though Trent Has Difficulty Expressing Himself The Emotion In His Art Is Unmistakable
Trent has been drawing since he could hold a pen in his little hand. His favorite medium has always been phonebooks - we have hundreds (please don't save any for us) filled with his art. Trent will draw on just about anything: napkins, sketch pads, our walls (when he was younger), his sisters play kitchen, the side of our dresser, his brothers drums, his iPad, and of course his #trampolineart - he just loves to draw!
Trent also loves music. He listens to music constantly and is a big fan of Toby Mac's music and has most of the songs on his CD's memorized - names, track number, album. Though Trent listens to a wide variety of music he is not a fan of country.
Trent also enjoys just about everything animated that Disney has ever created... as well as Phineas and Ferb.
Trent's family lives in ElDorado, KS with three of four kids still living at home. Trent has an older brother who is married and in college. An older sister who is in college. And a younger brother who is still in High School. Trent's mom is a school psychologist (B.S., M.S., EdS) and his father planted Real Life Church in ElDorado, KS in 2007.
Trent is with his family most of the time, except when spending time with his grandparents or or at school. Trent has attended Heartspring school in Wichita, KS for seven years and we can't say enough about what a wonderful school it is! He loves to listen to music, not much of a surprise there, his mom is a wonderful singer and piano player, his sister is an amazing singer and has been taking piano at college. His older brother is a percussion performance major and his younger brother recently took up the bass guitar (his dad's instrument). At Real Life Church Trent's mom plays the keyboards and sings as the music director and his sister is the worship leader and lead vocalist. His dad plays the bass so Trent is around music and church a lot. In fact, his family believes that attending church from birth has greatly helped Trent be able to handle being around crowds of people and we are very thankful that he does not mind being touched and can be very affectionate.