Michael Tolleson

An Autistic Savant Artist, Author, and Advocate

Since 2012, the year Michael established his first artist social media page, Michael's paintings and writings have been featured in three books:


Dr. Tony Atwood's Been There, Done That, Try This

A European artist-collective/compilation titled, Sachet Mixte

A collection of women based artworks with inspirations, The Strength Of Women


In October 2014 Michael received a global first place in visual arts at the "ANCA Naturally Autistic 2014 Awards" in Scotland. In April 2015, Michael appeared and painted live at the Nokia Center in Los Angeles during the "Temple Grandin and Friends" event, demonstrating, as a savant, the gifts autism brings through him. He does this often at autism benefits and conferences.

As an author, advocate, and artist, Michael and has been featured on:


NBC affiliate KING 5 Morning Show (New Day Northwest) in 2013

The Seattle Cable Channel 2013

KCPQ Fox Q13 Seattle 2014

KING 5's Evening Newscast in Seattle 2015

Huntington, West Virginia's NBC affiliate WSAZ Newscast April 2016

Huntington, West Virginia's NBC affiliate WSAZ Newscast April 2017

San Diego's CW6 Morning Newscast Oct 2016


He has also been interviewed for countless newspaper articles and radio shows.

Presently Michael is writing an advice book on autism-to-autism relationships, as well as continuing his speaking/painting engagements throughout the world. Michael's artworks are globally collected and sought after.