Marla Olmstead started painting seven years ago when she was only one, and at four an exhibition of her artwork in New York received rave reviews from critics, with pieces selling from upwards of $5,000. Her abstract canvases combine mixtures of bright colours and use acrylic paint applied with brushes, squirt bottles, spatulas, and her fingers. Various visual manifestations are said to appear to almost everyone who sees her work. According to her father Mark, each painting takes between two and three sittings for the child prodigy and she’s a little but shy, but at her most confident when she’s painting. Marla Olmstead originals and limited edition prints have been sold internationally, and she has attracted attention from global media.