Like most parents, I think both of my daughters are incredible artists. Seriously. Their artwork hangs all around my house, framed above the sofa in the living room, fastened to the fridge with magnets in the kitchen.
I am immensely proud of their talents, but even I know that while I think their artwork is utterly amazing, others (who are not related by blood) may not be as blown away.
That's not the case for Autumn de Forest, the 8-year-old art prodigy who is taking the art world by storm.
Her paintings sell for as much as $25,000 each, and she’s already made $250,000 this year.
Autumn’s parents first noticed their daughter's talent when she was about 4 years old. The family, which calls Las Vegas home, started bringing her museum-quality paints and canvases “to see what would happen.” Her Dad says that “in very short order, a prolific kind of blossoming happened, and the canvases started getting bigger and bigger.” Her canvases are now huge — about 4 to 7 feet. Considering she is just a little over 4 feet tall, I'm sure it makes for quite a sight to watch her paint.
Autumn told Matt Lauer on the "Today" show that she is inspired by Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Her painting "Barbie Marilyn" is a tribute to Warhol.
Her talent is awesome. But what I really think is amazing is her parents' down-to-earth grasp of their daughter's gifts. Her dad told Lauer:
"We’re not claiming what Autumn has done is due to some mind-blowing talent. It’s an issue of access or exposure. If you put 5-year-olds in front of an 80-piece orchestra and put a baton in their hands and exposed them to that to their heart’s content, by the time they were 10, you might have a prodigy. That is a question we discuss on a daily basis. It’s a question that transcends Autumn."
I think it's time to break out the paints and see if my girls are feeling inspired.