Temple Grandin stated after seeing Jennet’s artwork, “She’s So Good! Jennet has real art talent! I would like to see her become more well known for her work.”
Temple Grandin is an American doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, autistic activist, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. Temple is a prominent and widely-cited proponent of autistic person’s rights and animal rights. She has talked widely about her first-hand experiences of the anxiety of feeling threatened by everything in her surroundings, and of being dismissed and feared, which motivates her work in humane livestock handling practices. Temple was the subject of an award-winning biographical film, Temple Grandin, starring Clare Danes. Temple in 2010 was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category.
When Jennet Inglis read Temple Grandin’s book Thinking in Pictures: Other Reports from My Life with Autism she was relieved and very grateful. There was a name for all the “quirks she felt and had experienced since she was a child. She finally felt validated and was comfortable stating, and then being diagnosed, that she was a High Functioning Autistic, (HFA). Temple Grandin became one of Jennet’s heroes. When Jennet received Temple’s endorsement she was over the moon to receive her hero’s blessing.
Like Temple, Jennet is primarily a visual thinker, with words her second language. Jennet credits her success as a pet portrait artist to her ability to recall detail, which is a characteristic of visual memory. She compares her memory to full-length movies in her head that can be replayed at will, allowing her to notice small details. She is also able to view her memories with different contexts by changing the positions of the lighting and shadows. Jennet’s also attributes her ability to be empathic with the animals to her autism, whether they are still here or have crossed the rainbow bridge. Today Jennet is able to see her autism as a gift that informs her art and her life. And now Jennet is moving forward in her work grateful for her hero’s support.