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Inspired Art

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris inspire 14-year-old artist Tyler Gordon. When his portrait of Harris went viral, Tyler got a surprise phone call from the vice president. COURTESY TYLER GORDON

Tyler Gordon is an artist. He’s 14 years old. He lives in San Jose, California. Tyler was born deaf. At age 5, he had surgery to gain some hearing. But he has been bullied at school because of a stutter. He uses art to move past these hardships.

Tyler paints portraits of people who inspire him. That includes President Joe Biden. Tyler looks up to Biden. Biden also struggled with a stutter. Tyler painted Vice President Kamala Harris, too. He admires Harris’s ability to break barriers.

Tyler is proud of his work. “My art gives me power to be myself,” he says. He shares that power with many of his followers online.