London  - MO - Little Iris Halmshaw loves to paint. She does so with intense focus and concentration. The results are abstract and impressionistic: there is something of Monet’s Water Lilies in her serene, aqueous style.

Iris’s work is creating a buzz in the art world. A private collector has just bought two of her original works for £1,500 each. Prints are being snapped up for as much as £295. A solo exhibition in London, and subsequent auction, are planned.

All of which would be gratifying for any emerging young talent. But Iris is just three years old. What makes her achievement even more extraordinary, however, is the fact she is autistic.

She cannot speak, other children unnerve and distress her, the unpredictability of the world fills her with fear and panic.