Little Genius: Five-year-old girl with IQ of 159 sets art world alight with her beautiful watercolours
- Heidi Hankins was accepted into Mensa last year with an IQ of around 159
- Five-year-old, who could read and write at two, picked up brush 6 weeks ago
- But her watercolours are already setting the art world alight
A gifted five-year-old with an IQ which almost matches that of world famous physicist Stephen Hawking has turned her talents to creating beautiful watercolour landscapes.
Heidi Hankins, who was accepted into Mensa last year with an IQ of around 159, picked up a paintbrush just six weeks ago.
But according to her family, from Winchester, the little girl – who could read and write at just two years old – has barely stopped creating beautiful landscapes ever since – and is already stunning the art world with her work.
Proud father Matthew Hankins, a university lecturer, said: ‘Heidi has always been good at drawing and that first clued us in to how clever she is.
‘Like most five-year-olds, she was already interested in drawing things like pirates and Pokemon, but six weeks ago she asked to use paints.
‘She mixes together six watercolours and will sit there happily chatting to you and knock off three landscapes, then go off and paint a treasure chest.
‘She picks up on things very quickly. She likes drawing birds and you can see they have real shapes to them – they’re not just lines in the sky.
‘It comes from her observation. Heidi has always acted her age in terms of her interests, but this is the first thing she has done outside her age bracket.’
Heidi’s work has already attracted praise from the art community.
‘The handling of the medium is subtle and the disciplined minimal quality is
extraordinary for someone so young.’
Mr Hankins said Heidi, loved school – but like most five-year-olds is still more interested in play than work.
Mr Hankins and Heidi’s mother wife Sophy, an artist are now considering an exhibition of their daughter’s work.
He said: ‘We were a bit worried because Heidi could read and write at two, which was very early.
‘There are some things she finds challenging because she does not like to get things wrong.
‘But if she can finish work quickly it means she can run off and play. She is not trying to grow up too fast at all.’