Kieron Wil­liamson, tells his art story in a new book

Nor­folk and Suf­folk has at­tracted some of the finest artists in the land over the cen­turies and con­tin­ues to do so. Would they ap­prove of a lead­ing mem­ber of the next gen­er­a­tion of painters?

Let's Talk - - Contents - Derek James thinks they would.

His paint­ings sell like hot cakes and are ad­mired and de­sired by col­lec­tors across the world, but how much do we know about young Kieron Wil­liamson? What makes him pick up his brush? What in­spires him?

Now he tells us in a beau­ti­ful book fea­tur­ing, not only his stun­ning new works, but also his thoughts be­hind his pic­tures and ex­plaina­tions about what mo­ti­vates him to paint the coun­try­side and the peo­ple who make a liv­ing from it.

He is a young man, still only 16, with a ma­ture and re­spon­si­ble out­look and he has – thanks to his fam­ily and friends – kept his feet well and truly on the ground.

Fame and for­tune is of­ten tough to han­dle at any age, but while still a boy it must be more far dif­fi­cult. He needs a good fam­ily and friends.

An illustration of how Kieron ap­pre­ci­ates those around him makes up a page in this new book. It is called sim­ply, ‘Acknowledgements’ and he thanks nu­mer­ous peo­ple who have helped him and of­fered words of en­cour­age­ment.

And that in­cludes lo­cal farm­ers who have al­lowed him on to their land and to many peo­ple across Nor­folk and Corn­wall.

“Scarcely a day goes by when I don’t paint, think about paint­ing, or scan the land­scape around me search­ing for the next paint­ing,” says Kieron.

“All this re­mains pos­si­ble be­cause of the sup­port and en­cour­age­ment that my par­ents and my younger sis­ter still of­fer me un­con­di­tion­ally,” he adds.

The words and pic­tures com­ple­ment each other so well in this new of­fer­ing and give us a real in­sight into what makes this ta­lented young man tick.

It was 10 years ago when we first got to hear about Kieron. He was just six when his work went on show ... and life was never the same again for the Wil­liamson fam­ily.

In 2009, 16 of his paint­ings made up an ex­hi­bi­tion and sold within a quar­ter of an hour. In more re­cent times a BBC doc­u­men­tary called “Mini Monet Mil­lion­aire” fo­cussed

more at­ten­tion on this young man, his age and his wealth.

Now, in this book, we learn far more about Kieron the per­son, his life and times, home tu­tor­ing and his thoughts on the fu­ture.

The paint­ings are of Nor­folk and Corn­wall – two parts of the coun­try he loves with a raw pas­sion.

“I am lucky enough to be sur­rounded by land­scapes and scenery that give me such a burn­ing de­sire in paint them. From the charm­ing his­tor­i­cal mar­ket town of Holt, with its beau­ti­ful High Street and church, to the marshes full of cat­tle, the Nor­folk Broads scat­tered with sails at Lud­ham and to the patch­work of fields or barn­yards,” says Kieron.

He has spent sum­mers in Corn­wall and win­ters in Nor­folk – two very dif­fer­ent places but both are in­spi­ra­tional for the young artist. Mouse­hole is one of his favourite places to paint and his work brings the Cor­nish land­scape alive.

“With Nor­folk be­ing my home county there is un­doubt­edly a bond with the land­scape I have grown up with. The skies are un­beat­able and my paint­ings are all in­flu­enced by the sky,” he writes.

One of my favourite pic­tures in the book is the one with a fa­mous Nor­folk char­ac­ter who in­vited him to watch him reed cut­ting, the late Eric Ed­wards. “He was a lovely per­son and great char­ac­ter,” says Kieron.

I knew Eric and he would have loved the paint­ing.

The young artist tells how two of our great painters – Sir Al­fred Mun­nings of Suf­folk and Nor­folk’s Ed­ward Seago – have in­spired him and I like to think they would have loved his work.

“My most mem­o­rable out­ings are the freez­ing cold frosty morn­ings. I gen­er­ally wake up at about 7am in the win­ter to paint the sun­rise, only usu­ally a walk or short bike

Scarcely a day goes by when I don’t paint, think about paint­ing, or scan the land­scape around me search­ing for the next paint­ing.

Teen art sen­sa­tion Kieron Wil­liamson, who has given two copies of his new book, My Cho­sen Path, for a Let’s Talk com­pe­ti­tion.

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