Passion and drive propel a few of Red Mountain’s top artists as they enter the Congressional art show. In the late Third Quarter, Red Mountain selected its top ten artists to compete with the intention to win.
Bright colors and mandalas frame the background of Red Mountain’s very own watercolor artist, Shawn McCullough. He is one of the ten students from Red Mountain that was selected for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. Every spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I used grayscale watercolor to dramatically shade my portrait and brighter colors for the mandalas. The art piece in the show was a little different than the art I usually create and I actually painted my face from memory rather than a mirror,” senior Shawn McCullough said.
He added sunglasses to his face just to add another aspect and dragged the patterns down onto his chest to create the shirt. This watercolor artist has landed himself scholarships to schools including the Kansas City Art Institute. Other students such as Hannah Kaminsky and her Honeybee piece have been lucky to be selected for the congressional show.
“This piece was inspired by one of my favorite artists, Tina Yu. Her art is hauntingly beautiful with surrealistic elements. I made this piece during my sophomore year of High School and at the time I was obsessed with drawing honeybees. I wanted the bees to pop of the page and have a very contrasting portrait of myself. Tina Yu uses bright colors in her artworks but at the same time describes something dark within itself and that was what inspired the whole mood of the piece,” junior Hannah Kaminsky said.
“Intergalactic Love” by Sarahi Sanchez was also selected for the congressional show.
“I’ve always been inspired by space for as long as I can remember. In my opinion, space is the art in itself with its constellations, stars, planets, and all the other things that cannot be found on earth,” senior Sarahi Sanchez said, “I wanted to bring that art to life on paper, so I can see it during the day too. My girlfriend also inspired me to come up with this piece since she makes me a better person everyday. That is why I incorporated the ladybug with the heart on it as well as our zodiac constellations next to each other,”
April 27, 2019 from 9-10:30 a.m. winners first, second, and third in each medium will be announced. These art competitions continue to exhibit the expressions of creativity from the Red mountain students.