A 14-year-old California teen, whose video of him painting a portrait of US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris went viral, received a call from Harris herself for appreciating his work.
The South Bay teen urged people to retweet his work
On November 23, Tyler Gordon shared a video on Twitter with the caption “@KamalaHarris My name is Tyler Gordon and I’m 14 years old and I live in the Bay Area! I painted this picture of you and I hope you like it!!! Please Rt and tag her so that she can see this. Please!!!”
The video clip he shared was of him sitting beside the Golden Gate channel with an easel, on which he painted a beautiful portrait of Harris within moments. According to Gordon, the portrait took him 51 minutes to complete, which is seen completed in 55 seconds in the time-lapse clip. He urged Twitter users to retweet and share the video widely so that it could be seen by the Vice President-elect.
@KamalaHarris My name is Tyler Gordon and I'm 14 years old and I live in the Bay Area! I painted this picture of you and I hope you like it!!! Please Rt and tag her so that she can see this. Please!!!@JoeBiden @DouglasEmhoff @SenKamalaHarris @WeGotGame2 pic.twitter.com/X0qtChKBf2— Tyler Gordon (@Official_tylerg) November 23, 2020
Kamala Harris said she was overwhelmed by this painting.
On November 26, Gordon, replying to his own tweet, shared the news with netizens that Harris called him personally to appreciate his work. He tweeted, “She called me!!!!!! @KamalaHarris called ME!!!!” Later, he shared another video clip, in which Gordon is seen conversing with Harris on the phone, which was on speaker mode. Harris, during the conversation expressed how ‘overwhelmed she was by the magnificence of his artistry’. She also said that Gordon ‘has a gift’ of painting. At the end, Harris wishes him and his family a happy Thanksgiving.
Talking to Insider, Gordon said, “She inspires me and she broke through tons of barriers. I also broke through barriers with my stutter, being in a wheelchair for two years, and being deaf until I was six," he said. "So she just inspires me and also she's from the Bay Area, my hometown. So I feel like I just relate to that." He added that Harris is very humble and he was ‘shocked’ when she did call him.
Gordon has been painting since the age of 10 and aspires to open his own art gallery.
Shikha Chandra is an intern with SheThePeople.TV