Hometown Heroes

My entry for the 2020-2021 Wright Foundation Art Contest is inspired by our “Hometown Heroes” in the Strathroy-Caradoc community. My painting illustrates the frontline and essential workers who continue to keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. In my design, I chose to incorporate one of my favourite works of art, “Rosie the Riveter,” originally painted in WW2 by artist Norman Rockwell. I wanted to display this figure as a frontline worker in the healthcare profession, to show not only female empowerment but also to convey the famous message of “We Can Do It” from the original painting. Additionally, I have created my interpretation of the COVID-19 molecule, with each of the spike proteins containing an essential worker inside. In the distance, I have painted the Strathroy-Caradoc town sign, as well as the Clock Tower, which is a great monument in our community.

My painting is composed on a 14” by 11” thin canvas board, with acrylic paint as the medium. Some of the main colours used are black, white, crimson red, yellow ochre, and phthalo blue.

Finally, I would like to thank the Mary Wright Foundation for this chance to further my artistic abilities and provide the opportunity for young artists like myself in our community to display our talents.

Additional Information

Contestant Name: Carmen VanderWal
Age: 17
Author : wright
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