Some say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – in this case the apple is a paintbrush and the tree is the canvas. Third-generation painter Cameron Sky Villa is only seven-years-old and about to have his first full exhibition.
There is something refreshing about interviewing kids – you can always count on them to say exactly what’s on their unrehearsed minds. Cameron is a young boy who likes to ride his bike, play with friends, play video games and paint.
Cameron’s father and grandfather are both painters. When Cameron expressed some interest in painting, his father encouraged him to continue. Like any other young boy, Cameron wanted to mimic what he saw his father doing. Fast forward five years and Cameron had already sold two paintings. I had the pleasure of meeting Cameron and his father Rene to conduct Cameron’s first, somewhat formal, interview.
Cameron is a little on the shy side, so it was a bit of a challenge to get him to answer some of my questions, but I was able to get some key points.
Cameron is saving the money he makes from the paintings he sells for college, and when he grows up he wants to be an artist. As we sat in the back office of La Raza Galeria Posada I began to learn a little more about him. He told me that his friends didn’t know if he is a good painter because they had not seen his paintings.
What’s the hardest thing about being a painter?
“It takes a long time and my arm gets tired.”
He demonstrates letting his arm fall to his side.
What is your favorite subject in school and what is your favorite color?
"Recess is my favorite and I like blue, green and red.”
Later I discovered that math is actually his favorite subject.
What would you say to someone who wanted to paint and was afraid of what others might think of their paintings?
“Just paint and ignore them.”
How do you decide when you are done with a painting?
“When my dad tells me.”
Who is your favorite artist?
Cameron looks at his father and describes a painting of a motorcycle that his dad owns, and his father informs me that it is by Ernesto (Ernie) Palomino.
Do you want to say anything to the people that come to your show?
“Please buy my art.”
What do you think about people coming to a show to see your art?
“Incredible!” he says, with the biggest smile I have seen all day.
“Cameron and His Paintbrush” opens this Saturday at La Raza Galeria Posada from 1-5 p.m. at the Miller Park Art Complex, 2700 Front street. This “KidDay” Festival will include several different workshops that children will enjoy.
For more information on the festival please visit www.lrgp.ord
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