Fifteen-year-old Cody Oldham has been oil painting since he was 13. In those two short years, not only have his skills improved, but he’s amassed enough works – about 20 – for a one-man exhibit at the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

Oldham’s show opened on March 2; it will remain on display 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through March 15.

“My life revolves around painting,” Oldham said. “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, making me better prepared for the next painting.”

He started, like most kids, with dinosaurs. But that changed quickly.

“I’ve been painting in oils since February 2017,” he said. “I did my first wildlife painting in December of 2016, and now I mostly do wildlife and some 16th century style still lifes. I do some landscapes from around the world, but mostly I paint local scenes,” he said.

Oldham lives with his family at Bear Trap Ranch, north of Cañon City and is home schooled, which gives him more time to create. His mentor is Andrew Tischler a professional artist in New Zealand.

“We get together every month on Skype,” Oldham said.

Art runs in the family. His dad, Chris, is an abstract painter and had Miles Fine Art, a gallery in Salida in 2015.

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