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Pencil Drawing by Ajaih Fluet
2021 D. Bradley Smith Art Purchase Award Winner

The Artwork

Photo of the Artist Ajiah's D. Bradley Smith Award selection is a unique pencil drawing that was inspired by designs from her sketchbooks.

Ajiah frequently draws beetles and her sketches provided the basis for this piece. Then, to make it more funky, she added the eyes on the bug and to make the image pop, she added the colored pencil designs around it.

Drawing has been Ajiah's major interest since she was about 10 years old. Basically a shy person, Ajiah likes to lets her art speak for her.

Ajiah added painting in acrylic and watercolor to her repertoire of skills during middle school and recent explorations with ceramics have made that a new passion. She wishes she had taken up ceramics sooner and plans to keep studying this area. Drawing, however, remains an important part of her creative life.

Instead of starting college this fall, Ajiah will take a gap year to work and travel. She plans to continue making art as an avocation, hopefully selling pieces at farmer's markets and local fairs while pursuing a career in the restaurant business.

Image provided by Katie Maley
Story provided by Jody Siegle

June, 2021

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