Autumn de Forest was born in 2001 and has been a professional artist for most of her life. Her paintings have been collected internationally. She was dubbed a “child prodigy” and called “an artistic genius,” in a special program produced by The Discovery Channel.
Autumn has participated in national media tours, has been interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today Show, and featured on Inside Edition, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC news spots. She has lectured throughout the United States for global corporations, universities, charities, and organizations of all kinds. She was also the youngest artist to be invited to speak at the National Art Education Association’s annual convention, where she appeared alongside internationally renowned artists, Peter Max and Chuck Close. In print, she has been featured in American Girl Magazine, Parenting, and The Huffington Post. The young artist also supports charitable and humanitarian efforts including arts education, and relief efforts in Haiti and Japan.
Although her parents do not paint, she descends from an artistic family heritage which includes recognized and collected twentieth century American painters: Roy de Forest (1930–2007); Lockwood de Forest (1850–1932), luminist and California plein-air painter; and George de Forest Brush (1855–1941).
Although creating art in multiple sizes and formats, Autumn most enjoys working on a large scale, with most of her works in the 4′ x 6′ range. Due to Autumn’s petite size, painting vertically poses difficulty in reaching areas of the canvas. Autumn lays her large scale canvasses on the ground and moves around them. To access the center of the large paintings, “bridges” that span the width and length of the canvas have been constructed, and with a minimal amount of effort, she can negotiate these structures to focus on any part of the work.
Autumn’s greatest ability is her power to inspire those around her with the wonder of creativity and the beauty of self-expression. She continues to reach young people and adults alike with her humorous and yet precociously articulate observations and insights into art, life and creativity.
On Nov. 7, 2015, Autumn had the distinct honor of receiving the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Painting and Art, an award given by the Vatican for individuals with talent in the field of art and knowledge, but also serving as positive role models. The incredible opportunity gave Autumn the chance to present Pope Francis with artwork.