It’s not every day that you get to talk at length with a world-renowned artist. Even rarer is the opportunity to speak with one who has been labeled a child prodigy. Evan Sharma didn’t begin painting until he was 9 or 10 years old. He remembers seeing the Mona Lisa when his family visited the Louvre and being inspired by the fact that such a small painting has had an impact on so many people. That inspired him to try painting. Fast forward only a handful of years and his work is being praised worldwide and he’s running a commercially viable business selling his work. As was said, it’s not every day that you get to talk with a child prodigy. Join Evan and Dane for their conversation on this episode of Converge.
How does a 13-year-old painter get such broad exposure?
You may be tempted to think Evan became known via the power of social media. While he does have a thriving Instagram account, that’s not what got him his first shot at fame. A family friend and fellow artist who loved Evan’s work suggested he apply to be part of The Artist Project – a high-level art fair in Toronto, Canada. Within a few months, he received an acceptance letter and Evan and his Dad headed off to the fair. That’s when the media came to know who Evan was because he was the youngest artist to ever display at the Artist Project. Evan shares his story with Dane and talks about his creative process, so be sure you listen.
Though Evan Sharma is already a widely recognized painter, his dreams have just begun.
At 13 years old, Evan Sharma has already accomplished much more with his art than many professional painters do in their entire careers. He’s selling his work quite profitably and donating large amounts to his favorite charities, and even though he loves painting he thinks it is likely to be a hobby in his adult years because he wants to be a Doctor. It’s uncommon to see a person as young as Evan with so much ambition, but what’s more surprising is the level-headed way he approaches his dreams. His perspective is that you pursue what you want and expect the rest to fall into place as you go along. More of us adults could use a shot of that kind of attitude.
Many things contribute to success in any endeavor.
One of the interesting aspects of Evans success is that many things have contributed to it. Sure, he is a natural-born painter. You don’t have an eye for color, form, and composition like he does at such a young age without having natural talent. But he’s also had a unique combination of experiences and a supportive family to spur him on. The combination has set him up for great opportunities that he is taking full advantage of. But Evan believes everyone has opportunities just as exciting as the ones he has had, they just don’t always see them for what they are. You can hear more refreshing perspectives like this from Evan on this episode of Converge.
How does a successful 13-year-old artist view the business side of the art business?
A tension felt by many artists is the love of their creative expression through their art over against the need to make a living from their art. Dane asks Evan about his experience with that tension and his response was that he doesn’t see a reason for there to be a tension at all. He actually enjoys the business side of things and doesn’t see any reason the two need to be at odds. You can hear how Evan is running his business and the way he’s using the funds to support charities that he believes in by listening to this great conversation.
Outline of this great episode
- [0:22] Dane’s introduction of Evan Sharma, a young man ahead of his time.
- [2:40] How Evan became a world-renowned painter by age 13.
- [6:55] The response Evan has gotten to his work.
- [8:56] How Evan views the business part of what he does with his art.
- [12:53] The things Evan sees as contributions to his success.
- [17:33] Should more adults forget about the finances when it comes to their dreams?
- [18:40] Evan’s advice to those who are struggling to follow their dreams.
Resources & Links mentioned in this episode
- Evan Sharma’s website
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