Clarion Ledger Daily Newspaper of Jackson, Mississippi featured this editorial
Teen's artwork gains major
to be on display at gallery
When most other kids his age where drawing stick figures, 5-year-old
Kyle Hilton was drawing three-dimensional cartoon figures. Hilton, now
14, is drawing international attention for his pencil-sketch portraits.
Some of Hilton's drawings will be displayed at The Studio Art
Gallery, located at 1255 U.S. 49 South in Richland. The gallery will
start displaying Hilton's drawings Saturday and will continue displaying
it, along with work from other artists, until the end of February.
"He's got a lot of talent for his age," said Donald
Phillips, owner of The Studio Art Gallery. "He's the first I've
seen that young with that much talent in a long time. He could be famous
one day if he doesn't burn out."
Phillips and others who have seen Hilton's work are impressed with
the lifelike detail he brings to his drawings at such a young age and
with no formal art instruction.
"It's pretty cool having my drawings displayed at an art
gallery," said Hilton, who spends between two and two-and-a-half
hours a day drawing. "I know God gave me the talent and I'm going
to try to follow through with it, because I feel that is his plan for
Hilton, a freshman at Terry High School, said he was reluctant to
tell his teachers and classmates about his ability, and didn't even
enroll in art class this year. It wasn't until Hilton's father, Thomas
Hilton, brought some of his drawings to school that his teachers
discovered his talent.
"I didn't really tell people about my drawing before because I
thought it might have been showing off," Kyle Hilton said.
"I've never really liked being in the center of attention. I knew I
had some talent, but I didn't want to think too highly of myself."
Those who are unable to see Hilton's work at the Art Studio Gallery
can check out some of his portraits on the Internet at www.ailspromotions.com,
the Web site of Ails Promotions & Marketing where his father works.
Thomas Hilton said he used to draw as a teenager, but that his son
picked up his love of art on his own.
"He started by drawing pictures of his toys," Thomas Hilton
"I knew his gift was just a God-given talent, and it is
remarkable where he has taken it."
Kyle Hilton is still not entirely sure where his talent will take
him, but it is clear already that he doesn't plan to be a starving
Thomas Hilton said his son's portraits are currently going for $75
unframed and $95 framed.
Thomas Hilton also said that his son has been commissioned by a man
named John Ahern, from Queensland, Australia, to draw two portraits for
a Web site.
"I really don't know what to do with the money," Kyle
Hilton said. "I guess I'll just hold on to it. I'm not a big