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Name: Kaelyn Albert

Occupation: Future senior at Mount Zion High School

How did you become interested in entering the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for the 13th District?

I will be a senior. A former student of Mount Zion High School won it last year. My family helped me get more information about it in January, so I decided to try for it.

What was your process for painting and submitting your work?

The process of making me piece was to first start off with a slight grid and cutting the paper for the perfect size. I then put about four layers of watercolor down. After that, I chose about 15 different Prismacolor pencils and drew in details in the fur and stuff. Then I highlighted things with white with a white pen over everything.

My painting is an otter resting its head on another otter's back. There is no big meaning to it, it was just a piece I made of a portrait of an otter with a big emphasis on the facial features.

What was it like to be invited to attend the official ceremony in Washington, D.C.?

Being invited to Washington, D.C., is simply incredible. I would have never thought that I would get to do something as huge as this at the age I am right now. I worked so hard to get this far, and I could never be more happier than I am right now.

How long have you been painting?

I have been painting pretty much my whole life, but I started to get serious about it when I began seventh or eighth grade when I realized I really wanted to do art when I was older.

What do you do when you're not being an artist?

When I am not an being an artist, I love to play video games, hang out with friends, shop/thrift clothes and stuff, travel and watch cartoons.

Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites

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