About the Artist

2011 - 2012
Turtle First Place

Theme:
What do you wish you could see outside your window?

Name:Tyler
Age: 5
State: Pennsylvania

Congratulationsto Tyler, age 5, for his winning entry, "A Rocket So I Could Fly to the Moon."

"Tyler loves everything," says his mom, Cheryl. "When he was very little, he loved looking at the stars and moon with his papa." Those special moments may have been the inspiration for his drawing. "Tyler drew a couple of different pictures," his mom says. "He took his time while the family watched, and then he sent in his best one."

Tyler always tries to do his best, whether playing T-ball, running in the park, or spending time with his little dog, Chance, and two cats, Gracie and Siam. When Tyler grows up, he wants to be a policeman so he can get the bad guys.

2011 - 2012
Turtle Second Place

Theme:
What do you wish you could see outside your window?

Name: Simona
Age: 5
State: California

Five-year-old Simona won second place for her entry, "My Princess." "Simona loves to read books," her mother, Galina, says. "Fairy tales and princess stories are her favorites–that's what inspired her painting."

Besides reading and creating art, Simona loves music. She is learning to play the violin and the piano and wants to be a musician one day. "Reading books and playing music has helped Simona have a big imagination," says her mom. "She loves to make up stories in the garden using her dolls. She is curious about new things and loves nature."

2011 - 2012
Turtle Third Place

Theme:
What do you wish you could see outside your window?

Name: Aaron
Age: 4
State: Massachusetts

Third-place winner Aaron, age 5, entered "Panda Is My Favorite Pet." Aaron has loved pandas since the age of one, says his mom, Bingxia.

"Aaron collects panda toys and stuffed pandas," his mom says. "Most of them were gifts from his father when he traveled to Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Japan."

Aaron met real pandas at the Beijing Zoo in 2009 and 2011, his mom tells us. "He knows the panda's favorite food is bamboo, and he wishes to visit the pandas' hometown in Sichuan Province, China." Aaron also loves to color, draw, paint, and travel. He can speak Chinese and English and wants to be an art teacher some day.