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This Virginia Teen Wasn't Supposed to Survive at Birth. Now She Makes Hundreds Off Her Paintings

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Published on October 19, 2019 - Duration: 03:22s

This Virginia Teen Wasn't Supposed to Survive at Birth. Now She Makes Hundreds Off Her Paintings

A teen artist with Down syndrome wasn`t expected to survive her first few weeks of life.

Sixteen years later, her talents with a paintbrush are turning heads in the artworld.

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This Virginia Teen Wasn't Supposed to Survive at Birth. Now She Makes Hundreds Off Her Paintings

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HAS'ALRIGHT!'

HASBEEN GUIDINGBEEN GUIDINGSOPHIA FOR FIVEBEEN GUIDINGSOPHIA FOR FIVEYEARS.SOPHIA FOR FIVEYEARS.SOPHIA FOR FIVEYEARS.'YES!

YOU CAN SEEYEARS.'YES!

YOU CAN SEE'YES!

YOU CAN SEEHOW SHE PAINTS.'YES!

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IMELSE WRONG.'IM SO PROUD.

IM'IM SO PROUD.

IMNOT GOING TO GETFAMOUS BUT SHE ISFAMOUS BUT SHE ISGOING TO GETGOING TO GETGOING TO GETFAMOUS FOR ME!FAMOUS FOR ME!FAMOUS FOR ME!'FAMOUS FOR ME!''SHE SAID, 'YOUR''SHE SAID, 'YOUR''SHE SAID, 'YOURDAUGHTER IS AN''SHE SAID, 'YOURDAUGHTER IS ANARTIST.

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THAT ISDAUGHTER IS ANARTIST.

THAT ISDAUGHTER IS ANARTIST.

THAT ISHER WORK.

I SAID,ARTIST.

THAT ISHER WORK.

I SAID,HER WORK.

I SAID,HER WORK.

I SAID,YOURE KIDDINGYOURE KIDDINGYOURE KIDDINGME.

REALLY?

SHEYOURE KIDDINGME.

REALLY?

SHEDID THAT.'ITME.

REALLY?

SHEDID THAT.'ITDID THAT.'ITDID THAT.'ITDOESN'T MATTERDID THAT.'ITDOESN'T MATTERTHE SUBJECT.DOESN'T MATTERTHE SUBJECT.DOESN'T MATTERTHE SUBJECT.'OK, VERY, VERYTHE SUBJECT.'OK, VERY, VERYTHE SUBJECT.'OK, VERY, VERYGOOD.'FROM'OK, VERY, VERYGOOD.'FROM'OK, VERY, VERYGOOD.'FROMWILDLIFE TO STILLGOOD.'FROMWILDLIFE TO STILLWILDLIFE TO STILLWILDLIFE TO STILLLIFE..

THE SERIOUSLIFE..

THE SERIOUSLIFE..

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ISHE POSSIBLY CAN.'' THIS IS MY ART.

IMADE IT.'THAT JOY' THIS IS MY ART.

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SHEDOESNT OVERFOR IT.

SHEDOESNT OVERTHINK THINGS.

IDOESNT OVERTHINK THINGS.

IDOESNT OVERTHINK THINGS.

ITHINK MANY OF USTHINK THINGS.

ITHINK MANY OF USTHINK THINGS.

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SHENOT PERFECT.

SHEJUST GOES BOOM,NOT PERFECT.

SHEJUST GOES BOOM,BOOM THATSNOT PERFECT.

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NOT'SHES NOT AFRAIDOF COLOR.

NOT'SHES NOT AFRAIDOF COLOR.

NOTSURE HOW SHEOF COLOR.

NOTSURE HOW SHESURE HOW SHESURE HOW SHEDOES IT.

SHE JUSTDOES IT.

SHE JUSTDOES IT.

SHE JUSTGOES FOR IT ANDDOES IT.

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FILLEDTHAT SHE IS STILLWITH US.

FILLEDTHAT SHE IS STILLWITH US.

FILLEDWITH GRATITUDEWITH US.

FILLEDWITH GRATITUDEWITH GRATITUDETHAT WE STILLHAVE HER.'SOPHIAHAVE HER.'SOPHIAPINEDA.

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