By Mike LaCrosse

WATERTOWN (CBS) – Dominic Killiany has a passion for painting. “The raw emotion the color brings, it’s fantastic,” said Dominic’s mom Susan Cicconi.

Cicconi first noticed Dominic’s artistic talents when he was just two and a half years old. When he was 14 he picked up a paint brush. Dominic is now 21-years-old and has painted nearly 200 pieces. He has a routine and likes structure, which is common with autism.

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“Autism is an amazing thing. He has always been pretty much non-verbal, but you can tell he has language,” said Cicconi.

Dominic Killiany (WBZ-TV)

Dominic speaks through his paintings. His pieces are full of vibrant colors and symmetry.

“The work is good so I think he understands the feeling of confidence that it gives him and the joy that other people feel when they see his paintings,” said Cicconi.

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Dominic’s pieces have been featured in museums and galleries. He’s even sold many.

Painting by Dominic Killiany (WBZ-TV)

“He doesn’t talk about his painting. For Dominic it’s the process. Soon as it’s done it’s onto the next one,” said Cicconi.

Dominic is a student at Boston Higashi, which is a private school for kids and young adults with autism.

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His work will be featured at The Heritage Gallery in Whitinsville next month.