While we as a family struggle to understand where Kieron's ever growing talent comes from, it is clear in Lorna Selfe's book that exceptional talent in children exists, and the majority of it can be explained under the umbrella of Autism. Nadia was a child that had severe learning difficulties, but who illustrated an exceptional talent for drawing at a very early age.
We choose to remember also, the child prodigy, Peggy Somerville, an East Anglian artist who enjoyed the landscape around her at a young age. Peggy however had a father who was an established landscape painter and portraitist and an older brother who exhibited his work regularly from the age of seventeen. Peggy captured the landscape in oils, crayon and watercolours and shared the experience of exhibiting at a young age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Somerville
Kieron's determination to 'draw and paint what he sees' using a beautiful palette of muted tones that reflects the real natural beauty that surrounds us all, is an illustration of things to come, but also of what has been lost from the art world. Kieron feels that there are enough artists that choose brighter colours and offer a more contemporary slant on things that sometimes we just forget to appreciate what is there in front of us.
"Anyone can paint using the wrong colours, or use a palette that is bright, or different, but not many artists choose to use a natural palette any more" says Kieron "I love the mud, reflections in the water and winter is my best season, its when the sky does all the talking, all the colour and movement is in the sky, when there is a blanket of snow underneath" He adds.
While other artists chase after 'the odd, the quirky, the new and the shocking' Kieron chooses to love what he sees and captures the essence of that moment in time, its not the escapism that some people choose to purchase, but clearly it appeals to the 6000+ people who are impatiently waiting to purchase one of Kieron's paintings.
We don't know where Kieron will end up, but the November exhibition will show people the phenominal progress that Kieron is making and his determination to show that beauty is all around us, Kieron adds "mother nature I think is the best artist and to even get close to that is something worth trying".