Richard Proffitt (known as Tan) started drawing in 1997. His love
of producing artwork is obvious and through a visit to Tan's home
in Clackmannanshire I was lucky enough to see most of his work.
Out came sheets and sheets of brightly coloured drawings of animals,
people and cars. Koala bears are Tan's favourite animal and red
his favourite colour. Most of Tan's drawings are produced with pens
and Tan especially enjoys drawing people.
describes himself as "an intelligent and capable man"
and "does not like to be described as a man with learning difficulties."
As Tan showed me more of his work I realised the great capabilities
of this individual. It seems that for him, creating this work brings
I looked at more of Tan's work I became drawn in to his use of colour
and line. Each animal drawing that he creates captures so much expression
and feeling. My favourite piece of work, titled, "Giraffe by
the Shed" features a brightly coloured giraffe with a shed
in the distance. Another of my favourites included a piece named
"Dog in a basket." This drawing is of Peppa the dog who
was much loved by Tan and his family.
believes that "an important part of becoming independant is
being able to let other people know your opinions." Tan communicates
through his art and recently he has achieved Scottish Qualifications
in problem solving, critical thinking and computer skills. He also
enjoys writing stories on his computer and in June completed a sponsored
walk in aid of the Children's Hospice.
by Eleanor MacLeod, October 2001.