Soul Stories: Dylan Somberg

Animals – bright, colorful and expressive animals – come to life in the artwork and imagination of Soul Studio artist Dylan Somberg of Shelby Township.

“Soul Studio is an artist’s paradise,” Dylan says. “When I come to the Soul Studio, I feel happy, excited, creative.”
Dylan was just 4 or 5 years old, when his mother, Jeannine, says his artistic gift started to take shape. Doodles and sketches gave way to more precise imagery. Patterns began to emerge.

From the time Dylan could pick up a pencil, he began to draw animals.

“It was always very calming for him,” Jeannine recalls. “He can relate to animals, and I think that they relate to him. There is a natural connection.”

Jeannine was determined to nurture her son’s talent. Because art was not part of the curriculum in Dylan’s grade school special education program, she turned elsewhere, enrolling Dylan in private art and photography classes.
And then she discovered Soul Studio, which she says has been a godsend for her son.

“Soul Studio is an incredible place,” Jeannine says. “They’ve taken his strengths, they’ve taken his goals and are providing continued vocational training for his career.

“It’s made such a difference in [Dylan’s] life.”

A fan of abstract and impressionist art, Dylan says the value of art lies not just in the aesthetic but in the friendship it fosters and the joy it brings to others. In addition to painting and drawing, he enjoys using computer design, laser cutting and engraving to enhance his geometric creations.

“Being able to sell something that people want is wonderful,” says Dylan, who has autism. “I (feel) happy and proud that I made that.”

After he took first place in an amateur digital photography contest, Dylan dreamed of a means to share his artwork with the world.

From this, Dylan’s Photographic Arts was born.

Through his business, created with the help of his CPA mom, Dylan digitally transforms photographs of clients’ beloved pets into cherished pop art reminiscent of the great Andy Warhol.

Asked which animal is his favorite, Dylan, who has a cat and dog of his own, responds: “All of them.”

Click here to view and purchase some of Dylan’s Soul Studio creations.

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