Kieron's unique situation was included in the article within the context of a debate on whether other children would be hampered or restricted from enjoying artistic pursuits as a result of Kieron's media coverage and financial reward from his paintings. Or whether other children's artwork would still be celebrated by friends or family or held in high regard by those close to them. As parents we still retain the majority of Kieron's work, and all the paintings created by Kieron's sister, Billie-Jo. The fact that Kieron chooses to embark on a career as a successful selling artist at such a young age, is his choice at this moment in time.
We appreciate the debate that our situation prevokes, beit ethical, emotional, educational, or financial, and everyone will have an opinion. We can only comment on the numerous emails we still receive thanking us for sharing Kieron's work with the public, we recently wanted to cancel the November exhibition due to the stress it causes us, but we were shot down in a blaze of glory by people who had booked flights, booked accommodation and who had planted the exhibition dates firmly in their diary. The Kieron Williamson phenomenon is more complex than detailed here within Norris's article. In fact it is difficult to see the relevance it has within the overall context of the article.
We also have to praise the primary school that Kieron attended prior to and during this creative phase, and we thank them whole-heartedly for their level of encouragement for pupils to 'give things a go' and achieve great things as individuals. The personal response Kieron showed to that positivity and encouragement is evident, and we believe is the driving force behind Kieron's desire to achieve more, and express more, both at home, and in the public eye.
We hope you enjoy reading the article, and forming your own opinions on all that is raised within it, and in forming your opinions on us as a family and Kieron as a growing, maturing artist in his own right, choosing for himself to fully explore a career in art at this age. We wish to share our appreciation for all the letters of support and encouragement in our unique situation, and to thank all the collectors that continue to enjoy Kieron's work, simply for what it is, and how it touches them.