Young Artist: Was the Arts Council of Snohomish County’s Young Artist of the Year for 2005 based on his performance in the regional level of the Scholastic Art Awards. “It’s sort of a best in show.” He got a $500 scholarship.
On display: His award-winning artwork can be found in Washington, D.C., and Olympia as a result of competitions. “A couple of years ago, I never would have dreamed of my artwork being across the country.” His work also can be found in the Snohomish School District calendar.
Encouraged to start: “I’ve always been drawing little cartoons, doodling when I was younger.” But he didn’t take an art class until sophomore year. Teacher Cathy Tanasse encouraged him to enroll in Advanced Placement art last year. He found that he benefited learning from older students.
Favorite media: He has worked with watercolor, ink and acrylic paint, but prefers chalk pastel and charcoal for their blending qualities.
Drum roll, please: Several of his pieces depict musical instruments, including one of him playing a hand drum. He has played percussion since middle school. He is in the high school ensemble and is taking private lessons. “I really like the hand drum. There’s so many sounds you can get with that one drum.”
Eagle Scout: A Boy Scout, for his Eagle Scout project he built three-sided screens to surround 19 dumpsters at Deception Pass. The screens kept both trash and an unsightly scene contained.
After graduation: He’s heading to Northwest College of Art in Poulsbo, where he plans to double-major in fine art and design, the latter for more practical benefits. “My dream job would be just doing art for fun and not having a job, but that’s not realistic.” He could see himself designing CD covers or T-shirts.
Storyteller: “My favorite part about art is telling a story. You’re creating a world rather than just a piece of art. The frames are like windows – there’s stuff beyond the frames here that you can look into and see.”
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