In 2015, Autumn was invited to the Vatican, where she received the prestigious International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Arts and Culture, presented to a select few young people chosen from around the globe, believed to be changing the world for the better. While there, Autumn was granted a private audience with Pope Francis, where she presented him with her artwork, which now presides in The Vatican Collection.
“I have always wanted to change the world for the better with my art, explains Autumn, “and if my paintings can help other young people express themselves, by providing money for musical instruments, arts education, or to help supply arts materials, that is just incredible. That is just an incredible honor…”

Images: Pope Francis Receiving de Forest’s “Resurrection” November 2015