Autumn de Forest Talks Art on WJLA-TV

Autumn de Forest Park West Gallery

Autumn de Forest on WJLA-TV’s “Good Morning Washington” (Photo courtesy of ABC7)

Art prodigy Autumn de Forest took time out of her busy schedule of painting, philanthropy and yes, homework, to speak with ABC7 in Washington, D.C. about art education and her blossoming career.

Autumn appeared on the February 9, 2017 episode of “Good Morning Washington” on WJLA-TV. The young artist highlighted the importance of art education and how programs like Turnaround Arts are vital to keeping art in schools. The private-public program recruits celebrities, musicians and artists such as Autumn to visit underfunded and under-performing schools to inspire students to express themselves creatively.

Autumn de Forest Turnaround Arts

Autumn demonstrates “pull painting” to students at Savoy Elementary School with Turnaround Arts. (Photo courtesy of Doug de Forest)

Autumn has visited schools around the country, including Washington D.C., New York and California to teach students painting techniques and how to create self-portraits.

“It’s so wonderful going in there and actually being able to talk with these kids and paint with them and really empower them,” Autumn tells ABC7.

As the news anchor states, the 15-year-old Autumn has a resume that older artists would love to own. The segment highlights Autumn receiving the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Painting and Art, an award given by the Vatican. The award is given to individuals age 35 and under who demonstrate exceptional talents in the arts and serve as role models in their community. The award allowed Autumn the opportunity to present His Holiness Pope Francis with a work of art that now hangs in the Vatican.

Autumn de Forest Vatican Pope Park West Gallery

Autumn de Forest watches in awe as Pope Francis blesses a painting she presented to His Holiness (Photo by Doug de Forest)

Autumn is also the youngest artist to hold a solo exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. More recently, the artist held an exhibition at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem. In the news segment, Autumn even hints at her upcoming spread in Teen Vogue.

Watch Autumn’s interview at WJLA.com.

For information on how to collect artwork by Autumn de Forest, contact our gallery consultants at (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 or sales@parkwestgallery.com.

5 Responses to Autumn de Forest Talks Art on WJLA-TV

  1. Tom Whitaker says:

    So glad I own an original Autumn deForest. And so Happy I got to meet her.
    Thank you Park West!!

  2. Billy says:

    Yes she does outstanding art. Me and my wife meet her When she was in San Antonio, TX in 2014. I am 71 and when I saw how young she was when started Now about a month now I took up panting as a hobby but love to try most of mine are landscape of beach and oceans. Trying to do more like palm trees and flowers. But Not looking if to be I be thanking GOD. We have a lot of art work in our home.

  3. Billy says:

    Got our collection while on a cruise in Nov 2014 and love them from different artist. We left from Florida where we live now. We love Park West.

  4. Monica Sweeney says:

    I awaken to Autumn’s work
    daily. The brilliant colors and a
    black egret, is a very pleasant
    good morning and good.
    Thank you Park West.

  5. Brenda Dalton says:

    I am so pleased to see Autumn growing as an artist and young lady. I own a large Autumn De Forest self-portrait thanks to Park West.
    Met her twice. Charming!

Leave a comment

Prove you\'re human. *

Latest Comments

Latest News

  • Museum Discovers Drawing is Actually by Rembrandt

    A chalk drawing credited to a German painter for more than two centuries has been identified as a work by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn.For the past 250 years, the ...
    Read More
  • Park West Gallery Artist Csaba Markus Unveils Caldographs

    For the first 15 years of his career, Csaba Markus didn’t sign his art because he was unsure of its quality.Today, Markus’ signature is the ...
    Read More
  • How NYC Became the Art Capital of the U.S.

    February 1913 marked a defining moment in the history of art. While the turn of the century empowered the aesthetic twists and turns of the European avant-garde in their countries ...
    Read More
  • West Meets East

    How Japan Inspired a Western Art Movement Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh viewed Japan as a paradise where everyone loved art, and wished to replicate this ideal in the south of ...
    Read More
  • Fall in Love With Valentine’s Day Artwork

    From romantic portrayals of couples to emotionally expressive artwork, art has always been an expression of love. This Valentine’s Day, celebrate your special someone with these romantic works of art ...
    Read More
  • Autumn de Forest Talks Art on WJLA-TV

    Art prodigy Autumn de Forest took time out of her busy schedule of painting, philanthropy and yes, homework, to speak with ABC7 in Washington, D.C. about art education and her ...
    Read More
  • 6th Annual Big Band Bash Raises $12,000 for Charity

    Park West Gallery and the Park West Foundation supported one of America’s greatest art forms during the 6th Annual Big Band Bash gala on February 12 at Amelia Island, Florida.The ...
    Read More
  • 4 Reasons Art is a Better Valentine’s Gift Than Flowers

    Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to treat your significant other with a thoughtful gift. While many stick with flowers and chocolates to express their love, there are several compelling ...
    Read More
  • Decoding Michael Cheval’s Tribute to Modern Artists

    In Michael Cheval’s “Lullaby of Uncle Magritte,” viewers are faced with shape-filled landscapes, odd trinkets and a man who looks to be made out of cheese. It begs the question: ...
    Read More
  • Craig Tracy Brings Body Painting Expertise to “Skin Wars”

    Artist Craig Tracy is an icon of the body painting movement, having won and judged international competitions in the body painting world.When Game Show Network (GSN) ordered a ...
    Read More
  • 6th Annual Big Band Bash Promises Vibrant Art and Music

    What do you get when you cross good food, live music, dancing and Park West Gallery art? One of the best Valentine’s Day dates ever.The 6th Annual Big Band ...
    Read More
  • Fashion, Books and Tunes: How Artists Seek Inspiration

    In the mid-20th century, American art critic Clement Greenberg governed the standards of the art world with one audacious idea: Art should refer only to itself – not history, not ...
    Read More