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Q & A with Autumn DeForest, the pint sized prodigy

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Last week, I had the great pleasure of talking to 11 year old child artist prodigy, Autumn DeForest.  She was in town, from her native Las Vegas, for an exhibition of an impressive collection of original artwork at Onessimo Fine Art in Palm Beach Gardens. The collection, entitled Child Prodigy: A diverse collection of artwork by Autumn de Forest, included 80 pieces.  I was absolutely enchanted by her and can’t wait until her next visit to South Florida.

She is definitely a charmed soul and a celebrity in the art world.  She sold her first painting at age 7 for $1,000 and now her works sell for up to $25,000.

Here’s some of what she had to say:

Is this your first trip to South Florida?

No, but I’ve never been to Palm Beach.  I think it’s beautiful and I’m incredibly honored to be here.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I’m inspired by everyday things, as well as other artists.

Do you start a painting with a vision of what it will look like, or does it unfold as you go along?

I sometimes have a vision, but sometimes it unfolds.  It works both ways.

When did you realize that art was your calling?

I started in my late 5s.  I just love art and creating it so much.  It is my passion.

Tell me about your charity work.

Well, I’ve raised money for Haiti and Japan.  But I’m looking forward now to helping with Hurricane Sandy and also the Humane Society.

What’s next for you?

I don’t know.  All I know is I love to paint.  I love helping others.  I love inspiring others.  And I’m honored to be in this space.

I walked away from this convo with Autumn with a new feeling of inspiration. Watch out world, Autumn’s here!

Watch this time lapsed video of her creating a painting, Belle, from her Disney series. It is amazing.

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