2018 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest
Second Place
$5,000 Scholarship

Malachi Paulsen | 11th Grade
“Time of Healing” | Medium: Graphite
Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 3596 | Plains, Montana

“This portrait of an Army nurse depicts the dedication of those women and men who have chosen to serve their country by providing high quality health care for military personnel, their families and military retirees.

The American Flag in the background symbolizes our great nation and the freedoms that were earned by the courageous U.S. servicemen and servicewomen, past and present, who have answered the call of duty to defend our country.

The title reflects not only the purpose of nurses in the medical field who care for our wounded soldiers, but her pensive gaze also touches on the healing they need in their own personal lives after witnessing and tending to the devastation of war, both physical and mental, upon our veterans.

A strong sense of patriotism and pride for serving our country runs deep in the hearts of nurses who care for our veterans.” – Malachi Paulsen