Brook Hill student's painting to go on display on Capitol Hill

Brook Hill School student Yiling Cao holds her painting, Urban Sunset, which will hang in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert for a year. The painting won first place in the Congressional Art Competition on Dec. 3 in Marshall. (Courtesy)

A Brook Hill student's art will soon be hanging in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert.

Yiling Cao was awarded first place for her acrylic painting, Urban Sunset, at the Congressional Art Competition on Dec. 3 in Marshall.

When Cao was in Austin with her friend, they were enjoying themselves at a local coffee shop when her friend snapped a picture of a street view, which inspired the painting.

"When I was looking at the sunlight, I liked how the building is a reflection of the sky's color, so I painted the background white, so it contrasts with all the color I used," Cao said. "I used the color balance to create a warm feeling. When people look at this painting, I want them to feel the sunlight, and I want them to be happy."

Her favorite parts of the painting are the sunlight's reflection on the table and the tortilla and coffee.

"Of course, first of all, I'm proud of it, but I feel like I need to work more," Cao said.

Cao's art teacher, Suzanne Shelton, is excited for Yiling and for what this award will do for the visual arts department at Brook Hill.

"With each cool thing that happens, it's just one more building break in the fine arts department and the visual arts especially," Shelton said. "Yiling is a brilliant girl. I've not seen many students work harder than Yiling, and I just think she was very deserving of it."

Her painting will be on display at Brook Hill until it is shipped to Washington, D.C., in March. The painting will be on display for a year in the government office of U.S. Rep. Gohmert on Capitol Hill.

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