Hollywood star Johnny Depp is urging his daughter LILY-ROSE to become a painter even though she's just six years old.

The proud father surrounded his daughter with paint, canvases and brushes just six months after she was born, in a bid to inspire her to become an artist.

And he's keeping her childish sketches, because he's convinced they'll be valuable when she's a famous painter.

Depp enthuses, "If I had my wish, Lily-Rose would be a painter. That's why I'm keeping her sketches.

"When she was six months old, I held a paintbrush in her hand.

"By the time she was one, I was guiding her hand to paint with acrylics and also showed her how to keep her brushes clean.

"Now she's intrigued by pastels and is going through her 'purple phase'."

12/07/2005 09:15