Title of Art Piece: Kunyai
Student/Artist’s Name: Emily Gearhardt
School: North Pole High School
Artist Statement: I am entering a portrait of my grandmother that I had done in pencil. I called it Kunyai because this is how you say grandmother in Thai. She is of Thai heritage and this is what I call her. I am entering this piece because this portrait represents her natural beauty and her amiable personality. I chose to do a person of an older age in which she has more facial characteristics that are more challenging for me to capture, rather than doing a person with smooth and youthful skin. Her dark hair draws attention to the face while the washed out and abstract flowers create a flow in the background. I chose the usage of flowers because she loves plants and is very sweet and unique like them. I find this piece to also be one of my better works and I am pleased with how it came out.