Pasadena Memorial student’s artwork of her grandfather understanding to enjoy guitar to hold in U.S. Capitol for calendar year

A pencil drawing by a Pasadena teen of her grandad mastering to perform guitar will hold in the U.S. Capitol this year symbolizing the 36th Congressional District.

“A Common Tune” was sketched last calendar year by Mia Gomez, now a junior at Pasadena Memorial Significant School. The black-and-white drawing beat out virtually 50 entries from across the district in an contest subsequent the theme of “What I Enjoy About America” that was component of the 2022 Congressional Artwork Levels of competition.

“I drew my grandfather because I love him,” stated Gomez, the 16-calendar year-previous daughter of Jesse and Erika Gomez of Pasadena.

Her maternal grandfather, Manuel Alemen, of Pasadena, is the matter of the artwork, which displays him beginning to study to perform the guitar about a 12 months in the past.

“Me and my art teacher arrived up with the name for it,” explained Mia Gomez.

In June, she and her mother have been dealt with to a complimentary vacation to Washington, D.C., to show up at a reception for successful artists from congressional districts throughout the nation. They integrated Evyn Ponce, a 17-year-previous junior at South Houston Large University, whose artwork gained the competitiveness in the 29th Congressional District.

“It was pretty cool mainly because I received to see all the artwork from other learners from throughout the place,” explained Gomez.

Her artwork was a person of the initial items she completed in her first art class very last 12 months as a sophomore less than art trainer Jose Alvarez.

“Early on, I saw that she experienced a whole lot of talent, but she desired a very little thrust,” mentioned Alvarez.

“I commonly start out off by giving the pupils a little something to draw, and Mia stated that she experienced drawn one of her grandfathers so I inspired her to draw her other grandfather, Mr. Alemen.”

Gomez experienced started off a Western-themed drawing to enter in the yearly 2022 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo artwork software competitors but didn’t complete it in time. This yr, she is getting a head start by doing work on an illustration of a bull at a rodeo.

“It is in coloured pencil on light-weight paper,” she mentioned. “I’ve only carried out black and white, so it is incredibly complicated.”

In May, 36th Congressional District Rep. Brian Babin,Babin hosted an awards ceremony at Area Heart Houston to announce Gomez as the winner. Next-position finisher was Trinity Smith of Liberty Substantial School, who painted a watercolor piece she called “The Land of Chance,” and the 3rd-area honoree was Valerie Barajas of Barbers Hill Superior College for a combined media collage entitled “America United.”

Don Maines is a freelance writer who can be reached at [email protected]