This morning, as I was eating my cereal and reading this morning’s news, I encountered a feature article entitled “She’s just 8, yet she’s painted art worth $250,000.” Autumn de Forest, who turns 9 this month, appeared on the today show and has become one of art’s newest sensations. Autumn paints in various genres, from pop-art to abstract impressionism and surrealism, and has a tremendous color palette.
The feature article is timely, following up on a phenomenon that has recently caught the art world’s attention. This miniature masterpiece is certainly newsworthy (How many children in elementary school do you know can already fund their college education?).
The topic was handled effectively and gave dimension to Autumn de Forest’s personality and artwork, as well as family struggles and criticism from art buffs. The story answers all the questions: who is she? what is she about? when did she begin to paint? where is she from? why does she paint? and how?
The big “so what?” question is addressed with the unmistakable auction of de Forest’s art all amounting to $250,000, her most expensive piece sold at $25,000. A remarkable feat since her work was not made public until spring 2009.
A variety of voices was used in this article including both de Forest’s parents and the young artist herself. Quotes were used from all three, the majority from Autumn de Forest.
The opening paragraph of the feature tells the story of the girl in her early stages of discovering her talent for paint. This method draws the reader in to begin relating to the subject and sets the stage for the shock of the talent that emerges from de Forest.
Overall, this was a fascinating article to read. There is a slide show at the end that allows you to see some of de Forest’s artwork and even her in the painting process. My personal favorite entitled ‘Autumn Colors’ is no-doubt a masterpiece.
- She’s just 8, yet she’s painted art worth $250,000 (today.msnbc.msn.com)