Denisse Molina, who drew a picture of a cowboy getting his saddle ready for a day's work, took top honors out of more than 300,000 pieces entered in this year's Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Awards this past weekend.
The Pasadena ISD sophomore saw "Stowing the Riggins" named the Grand Champion Work of Art on Sunday. She said she was inspired by her art teacher, who prepares carefully for class each day. What she did was transfer that dedication to a cowboy's routine.
High school senior Rachel Faye Becker from Lamar CISD took the Reserve Champion spot with "Peek-a-Boot," a picture of a kitten peering out from inside a cowboy boot. Artists from pre-K through 12th grade submit original works of art depicting Western culture, history or heritage in the awards competition. Next Saturday (March 10), their artwork, along with 52 others, will be auctioned off at noon in the Reliant Arena Sales Pavilion.
But if you want to get a quick look, many of the pieces are on display in the Hayloft Gallery in Reliant Center through the run of the show.
Molina told rodeo officials she hopes to attend college in the Northeast to study fine arts and eventually become a full-time artist.
Becker said she plans to attend Texas State University and receive a degree in business management and studio art.