Award Winning Young IMPRESSIONIST
When I was 4, I attended a private school, where I often took many art lessons. There was a time when I brought some artworks home to show to my mom and dad, and they were just surprised to see how amazing they were. My dad, who is a businessman and also an artist himself, encouraged me to read art books, watch videos and draw more at home. When I was 7, my class artwork was selected to be displayed at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo school art program. This was when my dad realized that I could really do something with the artistic abilities I had, and so he thought that sending me to an art school could make me even better and take me really far as an artist. At Xinsheng Wang’s art school, I greatly developed my painting skills, and now I am on the road to become a professional oil painter.
There are many museums that I have been to, and a lot of them have artworks from famous artists such as Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso. Seeing a whole set of their art, especially in Europe, inspired me to reach their level of skill, and maybe extend beyond as a young impressionist. I didn’t want to be the next Picasso or anything. I just wanted to be me, the first member of the Zhou family to reach the ultimate goal – becoming a professional artist.
In 2008 summer, when I was 9, I went to Beijing, China to participate in the “Green Olympics” program with American muralist Robert Wyland, and I got the chance to contribute to a 100 m long mural painting. The next day, I participated in the Beijing International Youth Art Contest and won the grand prize. It was a tremendous experience for me.
Now, I am 14 years old. Over the past couple of years, I learned a lot about art, specifically painting. I have participated in many art competitions and some of the awards I received are as follows:
- In 2009, my oil painting “George Ranch” received an award of ”Best of Show” and the “Champion of Elementary” in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
- In 2010 my pastel artwork “The Golden Field” was awarded “Best of Show” and the “Reserve Champion of Elementary” in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
- In 2011, my oil painting “Harmony” received an award of “Gold Medal of Middle School” in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
- In 2013, my oil painting “The Art of the Whip” received an award of “Gold Medal of Middle School” in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
- In 2008, I won the grand prize for the oil painting “The Great Wall at the Sun Rise” at Beijing international youth art contest, and also received a congressional recognition certificate from Congressman Mr. Al Green for my winning in Beijing.
- Oil painting “Spring in Texas”, second place at Sugar Land Art Walk in 2009.
- Oil Painting “Transparency”, Award of Excellence at state level at 2009 PTA Reflections.
- Oil Painting “Blue Fantasy”, First Place at 2011 Houston Young Artist’s Visual Art Contest.
- Oil Pastel “Can I Play”, Second Place at 2010 Houston Young Artist’s Visual Art Contest.
- Oil painting “Bluebonnet”, Gold Prize at 2009 Angel Art festival in China.
- Oil painting “German Folk Village”, Gold Key award at 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing.
- Fourth place at Quick Draw Contest in 2012 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
- Oil painting “Up in My Zone”, Gold Key award at 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing.
- Oil painting “Venice Impression”, Gold Key award at 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing.
At school, I am a straight “A” student. I also participate in math contests and play the piano. I worship Sponge Bob and I watch the show when I get home every day, maybe not as much now though, but I am still a kid. Also, basketball is a big part of me, and I keep a balance between athletics and art in my life.
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