As an independent artist, I am very grateful to have received a first place award from the Canvas Pontiac art competition for my painting Trail Dreams.

The judges responded by saying, "from weaving paths through the forrest, with trees that change in and out of focus, a river that leans diagonally to the left, it's perfectly positioned in the pocket part, and really captures your imagination."

With this recognition, and prize money, I will continue painting large scale imaginary landscapes that give viewers new places to explore and enjoy.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to have this painting seen by so many people through this program. My 8'x10' banner will continue to hang on the side of the building located at 35 N. Saginaw, downtown Pontiac, MI., for a full year.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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