About the Artist

2010 - 2011
Turtle First Place

Theme:
Your favorite outdoor activity

Name: Griffin
Age: 5
State: Tennessee

Griffin won first place for his fun entry titled "I Love Playing Hide-and-Seek With My Two Brothers." Griffin says, "The boy with dark hair is my brother Ashton. He's 13. The one on the other side of me is Jackson. He's 7."

"Griffin did this piece in the art room at school," says his mom. "His art teacher was instrumental in getting the students involved with this fantastic contest." Griffin draws often and on many topics. He likes traveling, swimming, going to movies, and playing with his dogs, Dino and Sugar. So what would Griffin like to be when he grows up? "A pilot," his mom replies, "so he can fly among the clouds and go all over the world."

2010 - 2011
Turtle Second Place

Theme:
Your favorite outdoor activity

Name: Ella
Age: 5
State: North Carolina

Five-year-old Ella G. won second place for her entry called "Swimming in the Ocean." Ella says, "I am the mermaid, swimming with all the fish in the sea, and one of the fish is my sister, Coco. She's 4." Ella's mom, Andrea, says her daughter draws every single day. "As soon as she wakes up, she goes to her table, pulls out her paper, and draws. We always have art to greet us in the morning."

Ella's other interests include swimming; tennis; ballet; playing with her sister and her baby brother, Hudson; and caring for her pretend pets. But one day Ella wants to be an artist. "I love art," she said.

2010 - 2011
Turtle Third Place

Theme:
Your favorite outdoor activity

Name: Kierea
Age: 4
State: Michigan

Congratulations to Kierea, our third-place winner, for her entry "Kierea on the Beach at Lake Michigan." Kierea said, "I like playing in the sand and swimming with my family." The lighthouse in the picture is Big Red, a historic landmark.

"Kierea loves to draw, color, and paint," her mom says. "She also enjoys doing crafts and art projects with her big sister, Kylie." Kierea has other interests, too. She likes to ride her bike; catch frogs and turtles with her brother, Connor; help with the community garden at church; and dance. She loves animals, especially her golden retriever named Glacier. Kierea says, "When I grow up I would like to be a nurse and take care of babies."