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What were you doing when you were 12? Playing a sport or hanging out with your fellow sixth grade friends, playing truth or dare? Odds are that you probably dabbled in the occasional video game or craft project if you had the chance, right? Well, we’ll bet that whatever pictures you painted back then absolutely paled in comparison to the ones that 12-year-old Evan Sharma is painting.

The Kingston, Ont. kid is making news thanks to his amazing Impressionist paintings that have left some wondering whether he could be the next Picasso. Truly, the colours and techniques that the kid is using make him a bona fide prodigy at the very least.

In the segment on Canada AM above, Sharma revealed that his love of art started early on when he was about three years old, and learned he liked to sketch and draw. But it didn’t fully blossom until his parents (both doctors, go figure), took him to Paris and he had a chance to visit the Louvre. Naturally, it was a little old lady known as Mona Lisa that inspired him to keep going.

“It amazed me that such a small painting could have such an influence on lots of people,” Sharma said. “I wanted to do some creative things and inspire a lot of people.”

So far his plan is working out. He’s sold four of his paintings to date, and now that some of his work has been featured in the news, we’re just waiting to hear about more pieces being sold to high bidders. Like this Clint Eastwood piece that he calls “The Good, the Bad, the Vibrant.”

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood isn’t the only muse the 12-year-old has found as of late either. Some of his pieces reflect the likes of John Lennon (complete with sound swirls above his head) and Albert Einstein.

If you happen to be in Toronto this upcoming weekend, you can catch Sharma’s work at the Artist Project exhibition, but you can also peruse his full collection on his website.

Art does matter.

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