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Carolina Moment: What motivates 13-year-old to draw

Carson Mull asks for donations in exchange for one of his drawings (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

We all look for ways to express ourselves. 13-year-old Carson Mull finds it's easiest to do that through art.

"Oh yeah," he said, while coloring.

He feels happy when drawing. So he does it every day.

It's that simple.

"I try to make the best quality pictures as possible," said Mull.

He wants the world to be more colorful. So that's why he draws eyes neon yellow, and chickens technicolor.

"Anyone can put splats of paint on a canvas, and yes, people are going to get mad, but that's just the way it is," said Mull.

He showed News13 a box full of his work.

"For some reason everyone loves my owls," Mull said.

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"Sometimes it can be difficult, because you hate to see your child suffer, and he does. But he is a trooper and he doesn't complain, very rarely does he ever complain," said April Mull, Carson's mom.

Carson has autism and a rare genetic disorder called Marfan Syndrome, which affects how he grows and develops.

"It's a connective tissue disorder," April explained.

Carson's confident enough to color in permanent marker. He's quick to make a point--and a buck.

"I get people paying me $1 to $100 a picture, and that's really amazing to me. I never thought I'd get one for $100," he said.

He draws in coloring book pictures, takes them out, laminates them, and asks for donations. Mull spends the money on more markers and trips to help himself, like Surfing For Autism.

Last year Carson raised enough for he and his brother, who also has autism, to go.

"He's probably made over $1000," said his mom.

"Well people buy blobs of metal statues, so I think I can sell these. Those go for like millions of dollars. If they can sell that, I can sell this," said Mull.

He needs to wear a back brace for most of the day, but when it comes to his future work, he wants the art world to brace itself.

If you'd like to purchase Mull's art, you send a message through his Facebook page.


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