North Dakota-Watermark

2017 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest
Fourth Place
$1,500 Sandy Germany Department of Alabama Scholarship

Janessa Grave
11th Grade
We Smiled and Laughed for the First Time
Media: Charcoal
Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 7564, West Fargo, North Dakota
Department of North Dakota

“Despite the fact that memories fade, pieces of them remain intact. Before I started this project, I sat down with my Grandpa as he laid out pictures of his experiences in the service on the kitchen table. As he talked about these memories, he seemed to recall them as if they occurred yesterday, and he spoke every word with a passion. Seeing his pride for our nation, I discovered a deeper understanding of what it means to be a patriotic American. This drawing interprets my grandfather’s experiences and stories and causes them to become a permanent memory that will never fade. Charcoal allows for the expression of every wrinkle and scar that represent the experiences of my grandfather’s life.” – Janessa Grave