Having earned first place recognition in the Youth Art Month (YAM) exhibit in San Diego, Nicole Ellsworth’s piece was displayed at the Southern California YAM 2019 Exhibition at the Riverside Art Museum.
On Saturday, March 9, Nicole received an Honorable Mention in the grades nine through twelve 2D category, for her 12 x 12 colored pencil on paper piece, titled “Sadhu.” Visual arts department chair Liz Wepsic said, “Her colored pencil work is incredibly advanced in both technique and concept. She makes us proud!”
In her artist’s statement, Nicole wrote, “The inspiration for this colored pencil drawing stems from my curiosity about the Sadhu men of India who are holy sages in Hinduism and Jainism. Although I have not dedicated my life to Moksha (liberation) like the Sadhu has, I think that most people are drawn toward freedom, whether religious, societal, etc. The blue doors I drew behind the Sadhu are meant to symbolize a step into another life, a liberated life. I believe we are all working toward those doors, worrying if we will ever make it. I hope your own journey is reflected in his."
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.