A painting by DeSales art student Graham Stocksdale is competing for a prestigious regional award.
The work of art, entitled "Velvet Scoter," is one of dozens featured in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. The annual contest is hosted by members of the U.S. House of Representatives with the purpose of showcasing the artistic talent of high school students across America.
The winning piece, selected though a public voting process, will be displayed in Congressman John Yarmuth's district office for one year.
Graham, a current senior and product of St. Martha, has been interested in the creative arts for as long as he can remember. "I still have pieces I completed when I was just four years old," he said. "This piece was interesting because it was my very first experience working with gouache paint."
Realism and surrealism are his favorite art movements, and he credits DeSales teacher Gaynor McAnally for developing his skills over the past four years. "Mrs. McAnally is the most dedicated and supporting art instructor I have ever had in my life," he said. Graham plans to attend college and one day become an art instructor himself.