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ROMSEY ADVERTISER ARTICLE: Tjili is a global art sensation

Romsey Advertiser story on TJILI (22 December 2017).

Baby abandoned on doorstep overcomes odds to be in-demand painter

A GIRL abandoned on a doorstep in Cambodia has overcome disabilities to become a critically acclaimed artist at the age of just 16.

Tjili (pronounced Chilli) Grant Wetherill -- the only survivor of triplets -- who lives with her adopted parents in Romsey, sells her works for thousands of pounds all over the world.

Four of her animal paintings are currently appearing on stamps in Tanzania.

Tjili has cerebral palsy and her runaway success is being hailed as an amazing story of triumph over adversity.

Her work will feature at an exhibition to be held in Romsey's Rum's Eg community gallery in the New Year.


Romsey Advertiser (Front Page), 22 Dec 2017

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Romsey Advertiser (Page 6), 22 Dec 2017

Art world goes wild for teenager Tjili ...

SHE IS the deaf teenager with cerebral palsy who is taking the art world by storm.

Tjili (pronounced Chilli) Grant Wetherill was the only survivor of triplets abandoned on the doorstep of a hospital in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, in 2001.

But 16-year-old Tjili has defied all the odds to become an accomplished talented artist whose work sells for thousands of pounds.

Now the inspirational youngster is preparing to exhibit some of her paintings at Rum's Eg art gallery in Bell Street, Romsey.

Tjili, who lives in nearby Middlebridge Street, cannot speak but lets her talent do the talking.

Her work has sold around the globe, raising thousands of pounds for charity. Four of her paintings are currently appearing on stamps in Tanzania and she has been asked to fly to Abu Dhabi early next year to undertake commissions for a wealthy family.