Van Nuys, California First Award: $10,000 Age: 19 "Painting has made me who I am and who I am has made my painting." Emily McPeek doesn't remember a time in her early childhood when she didn't have a pencil in her hand, ready to draw. Her early art-making years were inspired by cartoons and comic strips, where the malleability of cartoon character faces could be fashioned to reflect any expression or feeling. McPeek came to oil paints later in her teens, and it is this medium that she now considers her "life-long partner." McPeek fills her canvases with detail, whether it is the monumental bodies of three women praying or a tableau of the people and wares of a fruit stand.
A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25. September 7, 2011 - January 22, 2012