This 14-year-old painting prodigy is valued at over $3M
Kieron Williamson is just like any other 14-year-old with a passion– he has a hobby that he spends most of his free time pursuing (in his case, its painting) and works hard to earn money for himself.
Oh, and he just happens to be valued at around 2 million pounds (over $3M).
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Nicknamed "mini Monet", Williamson began painting at age six with his first exhibition taking place when he was seven years old.
His biggest support system has been his parents, who have helped connect Kieron to established artists in their community, in addition to signing him up for different painting courses and classes.
Kieron takes his work as seriously as any established artist, and seems to have already adapted the mindset of all artistic masters, telling The Telegraph:
"Sometimes I can spend all day trying to make a picture work and it never does – if that happens, I'll throw it away, go for a walk to clear my mind and return hoping something great will appear on the canvas."
The teen's intentions were never to turn his passion into a profit. In fact, as he told The Telegraph, it was never even on his radar:
"I'd never drawn anything before, but I fell in love with it straight away... it all went from there. I wasn't meant to sell any of my work – this was just something I enjoyed doing. I was amazed that people wanted to buy it."
Kieron's work focuses on nature and landscape by the water.
He finds music as his main source of inspiration, particularly "The Housemartins and the Beautiful South."
As for his finances and what's to be done about his massive net worth, Keith and Michelle Williamson admit that though it's a "big legal and ethical nightmare", they're doing the best they can with handling and humbling Kieron appropriately:
"We have to ensure Kieron is protected from exploitation and the legal system has to ensure we, as parents, are doing the right thing for him."
If Kieron Williamson's success thus far is any indication of where he'll go in the future, we have no doubt that the 2 million-pound net worth he's amassed will only continue to grow about as massively as his talent.
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