Monthly Archives: June 2016

Featured Student Artist: Cathy Jin


Cathy JinCathy Jin lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.  Her art, “The Glory of Winning” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Fall 2015 national art contest. At the time of publication, she was in eleventh grade attending Sharron Art Center.

Cathy has been creating art ever since she could remember. Art has always been a way for her to escape reality and has served as a medium to convey herself to the world in a universal manner. This piece, titled “The Glory of Winning,” started off as an assignment fromCathy Jin art her art teacher at school. She told the class that they had to create a piece with some sort  of reflection in it; Cathy happened to see that in her band room they had recently won as an ensemble a beautiful, silver, reflective trophy. It caught her eye and she immediately had the idea to take a photo with it, capturing her own and the photographer’s reflections within the trophy. Her facial expression conveys her humorous and light hearted side, and she decided to execute the piece in her favorite medium acrylic. Ultimately, this piece gave her confidence in her art abilities and she hopes to pursue some sort of further education in college in the arts after she graduates!


Featured Student Artist: Raechel Wu


Raechel WuRaechel Wu lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Her art, “Flowers of Fortitude” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2016 national art contest. At the time of publication, she was in fifth grade.

Raechel is the oldest of 3 children, she has a younger sister and brother.

She loved to draw since she was very young. She also loves reading, writing and Math. She also plays piano and tennis.

She was inspired to create her winning piece because she wondered what do flowers symbolize? She ended up with hope, courage and love. Fortitude and tenacity to never give up mean a lot to her! As she reflects upon herself and observes how hard her parents worked to raise them. She wants her painting to symbolize “Fortitude” to remind her not to give up but to work harder during challenges and obstacles.Raechel Wu ART PIECE

She remembers when she took the ACT explore above grade level exam she had to prepare and do some extra work. This made her know the only way to be good at certain things is through hard work and determination. Later when she took the exam she was running fever and had to summon all of her strength & wisdom to complete the exam. She later got 99% on 3 subjects and was invited to a state wide award ceremony.

After she painted a still life of flowers, she started thinking about what she wanted to portray. Instead of a vase of fully yellow flowers, she added red (love), blue (courage) and purple (hope). But overall the flowers symbolize the life of fortitude, it reminds her life itself will be full of vibrant colors if you persevere !

In the future after she grows up she want be a writer and be able to illustrate her writing with her own paintings!

Featured Student Artist: Catherine Liu


IMG_1275Catherine Liu lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her art, “Waiting” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2016 national art contest. At the time of publication, she was in ninth grade attending Julia Reynolds Masterman School.

Catherine’s favorite pastime is probably art, but she also enjoys dancing. She takes traditional Chinese dance classes from her teacher Ji Lan Wei, who is actually the wife of her art teacher!

She really enjoys creating art, and has been since before she can remember. The person that really introduced her to art was her art teacher, Wang Zong Zhou, an artist from China. Most of his works embrace Chinese culture, which inspired her to create “Waiting”. Catherine Liu ART PIECEThroughout her life, she has traveled to China many times, and her mother took her to many different provinces, each with its own rich culture and history. The rural areas of these provinces were all very cultural and much less modern than the cities. However, as times are changing fast, many young people from the countryside go out to find jobs in the city. As a result, the older villagers are left alone in the countryside, as their children go off to work. “Waiting” captures the expression of an aged woman waiting for her children to return home from working in the city.

Catherine really enjoys art, so she wants to go into a field related to art. She has considered many things growing up, such as engineering or medicine, but none of them really suited her. She is really drifting towards design, although she is still unsure about the specifics. Getting selected as a top ten winner really encourages her, because that means she’s getting closer to what she wants to do in the future, even if it is a small step.

Featured Student Artist: Riley O. Schultz


Riley O SchultzRiley O. Schultz lives in Bryan, OH. Her art, “Just One Little Thing” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2016 national art contest. At the time of publication, she was in twelfth grade attending Bryan High School.

The inspiration “Just One Little Thing” comes from her own experiences, and the experiences of many others, with a busy life and dealing with others pushing for you to do favors. As many people know, what others see is much smaller than what is actually going on in everyone’s life.

At school, teachers don’t always see what the home life of the student is and their involved activities are, therefore it is easy for them to require their students to do this, that, and the other. The same can be said for friends, coworkers, bosses, and practically anyone. This is all because they do not see what you actually do in your spare time, however, their requests are necessary in order to keep things moving smoothly, and therefore they cannot be held responsible for their requests. After all, they do not know. It also represents the stress of many people who have taken on so much that one wrong step could lead to disaster. These people often are unable to say no to anything asked of them and continue to add things to their ‘to do’ list. Riley O Schultz ART PIECE

Personally, this piece has many meanings to her, in many different areas of her own life, and she hopes that she has portrayed these meanings in a way that others may find comfort in knowing that they are not alone in these feelings, circumstances and fears.

Riley is generally a workaholic, who loves martial arts, art, violin, and learning new things. She will be attending The Cleveland Institute of Art in the fall of 2016 to continue her art by studying biomedical Art.

Featured Student Artist: Lauren Yang


Lauren Yang (3)Lauren Yang lives in Sugar Land, Texas. Her art, “Grandpa’s Lily” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2015 national art contest. At the time of publication, she was in ninth grade attending Dulles High School.

Lauren has been drawing from an early age and started taking art lessons at age 7. Ever since then, art has been a medium through which she can express things that are important to her or observations of the world. This piece, “Grandpa’s Lily,” was inspired by a combination of events in her life. The dog in the drawing resembles her cousins’ dog, Lily.

Lauren Yang artDogs are considered to be lifelong companions, and as Roger Caras stated, “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” In memorial of her grandpa who passed away last year, she created this piece to represent a multitude of ideas. Although cancer took away his life too early, Lily portrays that his life was indeed whole, filled with the love of family and friends. In addition, this work symbolizes not a farewell but hope and best wishes for a new beginning and life for her grandpa, where her family will always be more than lifelong companions.

In the future, she hopes to continue to incorporate aspects of herself and her life into her artwork.

Featured Student Artist: Emily Zhou


Emily Zhou

Emily Zhou lives in Richmond, Virginia. Her art, “The Cat on the Purse” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Fall 2015 national art contest. At the time of publication, she was in first grade attending the Jacey Gallery.

Emily likes mammals, like dogs and cats.  She was thinking about pets, and then thought of her favorite mammal being a cat.  That’s why she painted “The Cat on the Purse.”

She wishes she could be famous for arts, so she going to learn and practice drawing every day.

Emily Zhou art

Featured Student Artist: Taryn Lee



Taryn Lee lives in Downey, California. Her art, “Dark Flower” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2015 national art contest. At the time of publication, she was in twelfth grade attending Los Alamitos High School.

Taryn’s piece is inspired by subtle expressions.  It is her goal to capture deeper meanings lying within seemingly neutral  faces.  She purposely juxtaposes subtle countenances with bold colors or designs in order to represent her main idea.  The expression portrayed is not easily perceived as a specific feeling since its mien is subtle, yet, one can feel that there is a deeper meaning within it. 

She plans on double majoring in fine arts and Japanese language at a four-year university. These fields of studies will help her gain a solid traditional art foundation and help her become more fluent in Japanese respectively.  As for the future, she wishes to become an illustrator or comic artist in Japan.  Her love for art began with her introduction to Japanese animation and comics; therefore, it has always been her dream to live in the country that began her artistic journey.Taryn Lee ART TOP TEN PIC