Super Kid

An artist: Accomplished art student who has won numerous awards, including a painting now on permanent display at the state superintendent’s office. Has worked with charcoal, watercolor, ink, oil paint, acrylics and other media. Also takes photographs. Now practicing graphic arts.

Art in everything: Enjoys learning new media and forms. “I just kind of work with what I can find, basically.” Has two silver forks that he bent into bracelets. “The spoon broke.”

Interest to passion: Always interested in art, but real spark came in a college-level advanced placement class last year. “It’s more challenging. … They give you more freedom of what you want to do.” Students are serious and help each other. “It’s like growing with other people in art.”

Jeff Anzures

Money-maker: Has sold three pieces already, including a large portrait of actor Christopher Walken for $200. Helped pay for the expensive oil paints used to create it.

Scholarship: Was honored for his work with the first-ever Bernie Webber Scholarship, named in memory of the Everett artist and Rotarian.

Next step: Will start at Everett Community College to save money with hopes of transferring to Cornish College of the Arts, where he’s already been accepted. For now, getting through those last days of high school. “I’m basically just showing up for attendance at this point.”

Jeff Anzures

Subjects: Many of his works depict people. “I think people are the most interesting to have in pieces. It’s like if you look at it, you can relate to it in a way.”

Odd man out: Older sister is a frequent model; she’s an artist, too. “She understands those kinds of things.” She’s pregnant with a girl. Also has a younger sister. “I’m pretty much outnumbered.”

Everett-raised: Born in California. “I came up here in diapers and been here ever since.”

Other interests: An avid runner, he typically runs two miles per day. Also has a green thumb; enjoys working in the garden growing things such as ginseng.

Jeff Anzures

Mentor: Art teacher Joye Melby, who is an otherwise “lenient” teacher. “But she does tend to make me work really hard.” Challenges him to improve and keep moving forward.

Future: In 10 years envisions some sort of job in graphic arts. Just what, remains to be seen. “That’s the cool thing. Things always change when you’re in art. … It makes kind of an interesting future – it’s not very repetitive.”

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