Hiram Johnson junior wins third in state for self-portrait

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The California Art Education Association has awarded Hiram Johnson High School junior An Do third place in the state in the two-dimensional category for her oil-and-canvas self-portrait.

The piece will be displayed on the third-floor State Capitol Gallery from May 18 through May 29. 

Of her piece, Do wrote:

“This is a self-portrait. Instead of using a photo of myself, I chose to observe my face more in the mirror, and gradually worked my way through sketching and painting my face using memories from my head. It gave me a chance to study characteristics and flaws of my face I never knew I had. I chose oil paint for this piece simply because I always liked how it works – its messiness, the long time it takes to dry, countless ways to play with it, how different it is compared to other types of paint, etc. I never had a chance to seriously work with oil paint until this art assignment, and I’m glad I chose it after continuously changing my mind.”