Sophomore Catherine Mansfield’s Art Among Top Entries for National Contest


Artwork by St. Mary’s Dominican High School sophomore Catherine Mansfield is among the top 25% entries selected for publication by, devoted to the promotion and appreciation of student art. Mansfield is a student in teacher Rosalie Abadie’s Art I class.

The contests, sponsored by Blick Art Materials, are for students in grade levels K-12. The intent of the student art contests is to motivate student artists. The top entries are published in its semiannual art anthology book that will record the creative works of today’s student artists.

“For my Art I first quarter project, I wanted to create a piece that was detailed but could still be viewed easily as a whole, coherent picture. Since the project was a pencil shading project, I had to pick a picture with strong dark and light values to use the pencil to its full extent,” said Mansfield. “The tall arches, columns, and windows of this church ceiling seemed to fit these criteria perfectly. Several weeks and three stubby pencils later, I had created a piece that I hope pays adequate homage to the intricate architecture of gothic churches.”

Mansfield said that having her art included in Celebrating Art’s anthology book, “is an honor that I am very grateful for. In the future, I hope that I can continue to improve my art and use it to give recognition to the beauty of God’s work.”