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Family of 11-year-old who created beautiful Nelson fire painting amazed at reaction

The family of an 11-year-old Stoke boy who painted a stunning picture of the Nelson wildfire say they are overwhelmed by the response.

Leon's painting was posted in the Nelson Snippets Facebook page on Wednesday, and has since received thousands of likes and positive comments.

His mum, Cheree Fenemor, told the NZ Herald they have received numerous offers to buy the painting, but that they are not yet looking to part with it.

They were, however, considering creating prints of the painting to be sold to raise funds for those affected.

Ms Fenemor said Leon loves aviation and spends a lot of time at Nelson Airport, which is where he witnessed the scene depicted in the painting.

Among those offering to buy the painting were Fire and Emergency New Zealand staff, who wanted to put it on the wall in the Nelson fire station.

Ms Fenemor told the Herald her son is "very surprised and pretty proud, but not too fazed".

A painting by 11-year-old Leon Fenemor of helicopters fighting the Nelson fire.
A painting by 11-year-old Leon Fenemor of helicopters fighting the Nelson fire. Source: Leon Fenemor