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Cultural institutions have really stepped up while everyone is at home, but what about the smaller, emerging artists?

Charlie (@chaachacharlie), 5, decided to put on her own show right on her front stoop, complete with a photo shoot.

“She finished all of her schoolwork. We put down about seven canvases and I told her to just go ahead and do whatever she wanted,” says her mom, Indica (@hi_indica), an artist herself. “She’s been painting since she was 8 months old.”

Indica helped Charlie set up an Instagram account about a year ago along with an Etsy shop for her work. Sales have been brisk ever since and have provided further motivation for both of their work. In fact, a collector purchased all seven canvases from Charlie’s stoop show and paid above her asking price. 

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Prolific, especially in the confines of quarantine, Charlie explains her inspiration. “I want to be an artist just like my mommy when I grow up to be a big girl. I like the colors of the rainbow and I use them for my paintings.”

What’s next for the young artist? She wants to collaborate with her mom on a large-scale piece. One thing’s for sure—it will be colorful.