I did not see the episode on 60 minutes recently, but it’s interesting to see what people have to say about it. See the two previous posts on Art News Blog and the comments that people have had.
Marla Olmstead post 1 – sept 30, 2004
Marla Olmstead post 2 – jan 13, 2005
I can’t verify that this poster is real and actually knows Marla’s dad (Mark Olmstead) but it seems real enough.. and would explain a lot..
“Let me start off by saying this: I know Mark Olmstead, Marla’s father. Mark always was, and is, a glory hound. He was an athlete in High School, but never a star..
Let me say as a person that knows Mark and knows him well I don’t believe that his daughter is painting the final product that they are selling. I do believe that she paints a portion of them and that Mark finishes them. If you watch the film taken by the hidden camera you can plainly see that she sloshes around with the brush, covers over things and randomly places shapes and other globs of paint on the canvas. Not nearly the polished, united presentation you see in the gallery.
I hope that she is a prodigy, but I believe that she is a normal four year old with opportunistic parents. I know Mark, and this has living vicariously and sucking up the attention written all over it.”
See more on the 60 minutes episode..
“I saw no evidence that she was a child prodigy in painting. I saw a normal, charming, adorable child painting the way preschool children paint, except that she had a coach that kept her going.” Ellen Winner