By Josh Saunders
A talented 12-year-old makes $40,000 [£31,000] a year creating incredible living art, painting people into old world scenes.
Elisabeth Anisimow from Los Angeles, California, spends up to a week on each of her 18th and 19th century inspired designs.
Her creativity was noticed by mum Katerina, 40, when she was two years old, since then her daughter has experimented until working on the living art series.
She paints old dresses, jackets and more, blending them into the scenes that channel everyone from Rembrandt to images she’s seen in books.
Since starting her living art series two-and-a-half years ago, she has created nearly 50 pieces, working with adults to kids under five.
On top of this, the visual performance artist is also taking college [UK: University] classes for her degree as well as her normal education.
Elisabeth said: “I like living art because I can express myself, be who I am, and the work has no limit until the canvas ends.
“I know in the end that if I work hard it is going to be beautiful and that I get to meet people and make them happy.
“My friends think it’s pretty cool and want to do it, then the ones who have already done it want to do it again.
“People’s normal reaction is, ‘Oh my gosh’, ‘I can’t believe a kid did this’ and more.
“It makes me feel very proud knowing that people want to pay for my art, especially because I’m now self-funded and can spend more on my future projects.
“It makes me happy and proud, seeing how much they like my art, which motivates me to do more.
“I believe that people should always follow their heart and believe in themselves as that way things can happen.
“I never thought I would get to this position in life, but I believed in myself and tried my best.”
Mum Katerina noticed her daughter’s talent from the age of two, seeing her creativity early-on.
As she got older, Elisabeth would go onto work with water colours, acrylic and more, now dreaming to study at an art school in France.
Katerina said: “I believe she has very good colour perception and that helps a lot.
“Even when choosing her models, she tries to make sure the people look like they are from that time period.
“But it’s hard work, it’s not only physically but mentally tiring too, normally after finishing projects she falls to sleep.
“I don’t think she ever thought it would go anywhere but we had such good reviews.”
Elisabeth enjoys working on her art but also relishes being able to remain a kid and play around on set.
Her studio, which is set up in the family’s garage, stands upon a stage and often has children dashing around covered in paint.
Katerina said: “All of our neighbours already know if there are painted kids running around, Elisabeth is doing something in the garage.
“Our neighbours are very helpful, they often call up to offer Elisabeth old jackets, dressers and more.
“Anyone participating gets a very unique experience, especially when working with a family, a couple or a child.
“It’s an experience, they have fun, they laugh and enjoy their time in the garage.
“I’m very happy and proud of her, I think it’s very beneficial for her too as she is learning so much.”
Elisabeth started out creating her art for free, but now is delighted to be paid for her work as it means she can reinvest the money into future projects.
Her favourite pieces so far, featured her cousin Alex who was a shoe shine boy and friends Hannah and Lauren working in the kitchen.
Elisabeth said: “Despite spending so many days working and working on it, I had so much fun and their reactions were hilarious.
“They couldn’t believe how they looked and kept making jokes.
“In the end we decided to have fun and ran around, leaving paint chipped all over the garage, which took two months to fully clean-up.”
The family were delighted by the success of her art and have continued to support her.
Away from the financial benefits and creative fulfilment, Elisabeth’s main joy stems from having fun with her models.
Katerina said: “She started off trying it out with her brother and friends, and it snowballed from there.
“It became more fun and she likes it because she is very social and enjoys engaging with people.
“She is really lucky and blessed that people really support her, she is also involved in a lot of charity work too.”
One of Elisabeth’s pieces, a five-foot heart will be auctioned off at a gala later this month for Loma Linda Children’s Hospital.
She has also been invited to talk at schools about entrepreneurship and encouraging children to follow their dreams.
Elisabeth added: “There will always be people who love what you do and people who don’t like it so just carry on and don’t let things bother you.
“No matter what people say or if they criticise you, it’s your own thoughts and it’s all about what you believe.
“Keep yourself motivated.”