Remember child prodigy Marla Olmstead? She was the 4 year old painter that captured the media’s attention back in 2004. She sold a whole bunch of paintings and prints, had a few exhibitions, was on 60 Minutes, and there was also a documentary made on her called My Kid Could Paint That. I believe her larger paintings were selling for amounts in the tens of thousands but I couldn’t find any record prices that she sold for. Well anyway, that was 10 years ago which would make her about 14 now.
People still search for her and occasionally leave comments on the old Marla Olmstead posts @ Art News Blog, so I thought I better be a good blogger and go see if she has developed as an artist. I couldn’t find much of anything on her.
She did a talk in 2013 at an innovation, entrepreneurship, and social change event called The Intersection but I couldn’t find any of her speech. I just know that her talk was on “artistic creation” and she was interviewed by Randy Haykin. I couldn’t find any recent reports from any of the hundreds of media outlets that were all over her when she was 4, 5 and 6 years old.
If you haven’t heard of Marla Olmstead before, here’s a short youtube video of her working from back when she was 4 or 5..
So, my report came up empty. Her website is still online though and you can still buy paintings by Marla Olmstead, so I’m assuming she’s still working. Here’s some available works for sale on her website. There’s no information on what year they were painted so I don’t know if 5 year old Marla or teen Marla painted them. There’s also a bunch of prints for sale too..
See more of her artwork and contact details at her website here if you’re interested. Also, here’s my list of 5 things child prodigies can teach us grown up artists.