Ten-year-old painter gets early start
June 25, 2008 · Updated 11:24 AM
"Young artists invited to show at SaporiLangley's Sapori restaurant will provide space for young artists to show their work. To check on wall space availability, call the restaurant at 221-3211.Dillon Reisman made his first painting before he was three years old.However, the 10-year-old Langley boy did not use brushes and canvas for that early work. Finger paints and a big sheet of paper spread on the floor were more his speed back then.But he's come a long way in seven years.This week, he put up his first public art show at an age when most of his peers are still playing video games in their spare time. While his friends may be toying with the idea of becoming firefighters, police officers, or adventure heroes, Reisman is already doing the work he knows will occupy his adult years.I pretty much want to be an artist and to paint lots of pictures, Reisman said Tuesday as he installed about a dozen pieces of his most recent work at Langley's Sapori restaurant.The finger paints were not Reisman's first foray into art. First there were crayons. That first box of 64 colors with the crayon sharpener built into the back got him started in the world of art.I just liked to color when I was small, he said.Now, he has almost as many colors of water-based oil paint on his palette as he did crayons. For hours at a time most days of the week, Reisman is at his easel or drawing in a sketch book. His mother, Diane Iverson, said her little boy long ago developed the concentration and dedication he needs to be a successful artist.He has incredible patience with his painting, Iverson said. He can sit two or three hours at a time doing it.And how does he know when he has put enough time into a painting?I just look at it and say 'It's finished,' he said.At home or in art teacher Lane Gwinn's studio, Reisman always has a painting in progress. So far, his favorite subjects have been animals and still lifes, as evidenced by the paintings in the Sapori show of dogs, penguins and elk. Last year, he did do one self-portrait as an early venture into rendering human beings, but it will be some time before he tackles the complexity of the human form.I don't really like them too much. People are too detailed, he said.With this show, Reisman can tick off more commercial success than many artists. He first showed his work last year during a show at Langley's Museo, when one of his paintings went up alongside some of Gwinn's own pieces. His father, Richard Reisman, commissioned the boy to do a painting of a Virginia farmscape, which he later sent to an old friend who owns a farm there. And, last fall, a drawing Reisman made of a dolphin was selected to adorn this year's South Whidbey Intermediate School Dolphins T-shirts.Reisman is selling his paintings during his show at Sapori. Any money he makes will go toward paying for more art lessons and art materials. While his mother hopes he sells a few pieces, she is not sure she wants the paintings to leave.I'll be sad to see any of them go, she said.Reisman is in his first year at the intermediate school as a fourth grader. Prior to attending the school, he homeschooled for a year and attended the Waldorf School in Clinton."