LETART — A young, aspiring artist from Letart, WV has received yet another accolade for her work.
Chloe Richardson, a senior at Wahama High School and daughter of Danny and Jacque Richardson, was most recently chosen to show her work as part of the West Virginia Art Education Association Youth Art Show in Parkersburg. Along with winning in the show, Richardson received a special award from the West Virginia Watercolors Society, which included a monetary prize of $100.
According to Susan Parrish, art teacher at Wahama, only the most talented students have their artwork submitted to the state youth art show.
“It’s based on effort and creativity,” said Parrish. “It is the cream of the crop.”
Richardson’s watercolor will now be displayed in April at “Arts Alive” at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston. This won’t be the first time her work has appeared there, however. Richardson has won at the youth art competition every year she has entered.
“I’ve had Chloe every year since seventh grade,” Parrish said. “She is a hard working, creative artist.”
Richardson said she has actually been drawing and painting since the age of 10, and won the very first show she entered at that age. Other than her school classes, the young artist has had no professional training.
Following that first win, she has won first place awards at the Black Walnut Festival, Arts Alive, Huntington Museum of Art Portfolio Show, WV Art Education Self-Portrait Contest, and Riverbend Arts Council’s “Art in the Village,” to name a few. She has also won “best of show” at the Mason County Fair.
Art isn’t Richardson’s only asset. She is a Congressional Merit Award winner, member of the Wahama National Honor Society, and captain of the school’s Quiz Bowl Team.
Art will remain in Richardson’s future, however. She will attend Fairmont State University in the fall, with plans to get a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Her goal is to someday illustrate books. Knowing that is a difficult job market to enter though, she also plans to get an associate’s degree in health information technology.
“It is my hope to be able to do both,” Richardson said. “I’d like to be able to work from home so I can do my art at the same time.”
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.