AUTUMN de FOREST
Autumn de Forest was 4 years old when she brought home an art project from preschool, a watercolor she called "Elephant." It was abstract, with pronounced brush strokes. Her parents found it startlingly artistic, but thought it was just a fluke. Over the next several months Autumn created more and more artwork. Her parents Doug and Katherine began carefully preserving her work because they thought it would be fun for her to have the paintings when she grew up.
Autumn’s parents began to buy her museum quality paints and canvases "just to see what would happen." Her paintings started getting larger and larger, and are now typically 4 by 6 feet. Her father had to build her a wooden type of bridge to sit on and paint the middle of the canvas. She paints a few hours a day in her Las Vegas home.
Autumn has never taken formal instruction and so far her work is the result of intuition, imagination, and inspiration. Autumn’s father is a musician, her mother an actress. She is also related to several collected artists such as Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932), George de Forest (1855-1941) and Roy de Forest (1930-2007).
Autumn has done national media tours and has been interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today Show. She has been featured on Inside Edition, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC News. She has lectured throughout the country for global corporations, universities, charities, and organizations of all kinds. The Discovery Channel featured her on a child prodigy special, and refers to her as an artistic genius. Ocean Galleries featured Autumn’s first ever solo exhibition at just ten years old, in August 2012.
In 2015, Autumn was invited to the Vatican, where she received the prestigious International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Arts and Culture, which is presented to a select few young individuals chosen from around the globe who are believed to be changing the world for the better. While there, Autumn was granted a private audience with Pope Francis. She presented him with artwork she made specifically inspired by the Vatican's religious and gothic iconography. These artworks now resides in the Vatican Collection.