Cody Oldham

Cody Oldham, 15, with his oil painting, “On the Edge of the Storm.”A show of his works opens March 2 at the Paquette Gallery at the Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

Despite his young age, artist Cody Oldham is ready for his first public show. The 15-year-old’s oil paintings will be front and center at the Paquette Gallery of the Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

The public is invited to the opening at 5:30 p.m. March 2; light refreshments will be served. The show runs through March 15.

Oldham has been selling his works since he was just 13 years old.

“I’ve been painting in oils since February of 2017,” he said. “I did my first wildlife painting in December of 2016. Now I mostly do wildlife and landscapes with some 16th century style still lifes. Before that I painted dinosaurs.

“My life revolves around painting. It’s what gets me out of bed every day to work harder and harder at my craft. Every time I do a new painting I learn something completely new, therefore making me better prepared for the next painting.”

Oldham lives with his family at Bear Trap Ranch, north of Cañon City. He says his home schooling gives him more time to create. He has monthly Skype conversations with his mentor, artist Andrew Tischler, who lives in New Zealand.

Art runs in the Oldham family. Dad, Chris, is an abstract painter and operated Miles Fine Art gallery in Salida in 2015.

Oldham will have about 20 pieces in his SteamPlant show. SteamPlant hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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