For this project, I used acrylic paint and water to paint a recently hatched butterfly and its chrysalis. The butterfly has a rainbow pattern to represent the rainbow LGBTQ flag. The chrysalis represents the proverbial and literal closets that so many LGBTQ people are forced to hide in. Butterflies represent hope, so this project represents my hope that LGBTQ people will be able to come out of the closet and be accepted in the future.

Our Responsibility to the Earth

In this entry, I wanted to discuss how we can best take care of the earth and how our planet is our biggest responsibility. I chose this category because I’m concerned about the welfare of not only the people and animals on Earth, but the planet herself. I feel we’ve hurt her too much and it might be too late to clean up our acts if we don’t start soon.

Reusable Bags

After reflecting upon actions that can be made by young people to better the environment, I thought that reusable bags would be a unique concept to highlight. In this day and age, there is so much plastic everywhere and for the most part, plastic bags are an example of this. I feel that instead of getting plastic bags from your grocery store every single time you go, instead, we should all use reusable bags to help reduce plastic waste. I wanted to emphasize this in my painting by showing a reusable bag being used rather than a plastic bag. This change is a small leap that will create a big change for the environment.

You Can Help Monarchs Too

I made my poster to share how we can help monarch butterflies and why helping them is important. They are a part of the planet and environment, so they should also be helped through Earth day. My poster included giving away seeds for people at my school to plant to support the butterflies. I made the poster to show how everyone can help the monarchs!

A Warning from 1000 years in the future

The future is in our hands when the earth has become a disaster because no one cared. A survivor sends a message back to 2023 with the hope that the person receiving it could set in motion a plan to change the future.

Corroding Coral

To the viewers of my artwork, I’d like for everyone to take a first glance, and see a coral reef. Then, I want the viewers to look closer, and see that there’s cardboard and paper and plastic integrated into the painting. This piece was designed to draw attention to the fact that garbage does not belong in the oceans, and even if you don’t see it at first, it is there. My goal is for viewers to enjoy my piece as an aesthetic, but to also gain a new awareness of the sheer amount of trash in our oceans. We must hold ourselves and everyone around us accountable for ocean pollution, because regardless of our age, we are the only ones with the power to stop it.

Ode to Earth

In this submission, I wrote an Ode to Earth, hoping to let my audience know just how sorry I am for the mistakes of humanity done to earth. Through this poem, I am apologizing for the many mistakes I made so carelessly that led to the downfall of our planet and how I’d like to fix it. I learned that love is all it takes to set things right and I’d like to give myself another shot at helping our environment.

For the Forgiveness of Sins

This piece reflects a rekindling of my spiritual relationship: reflections on my body, and my self, and how both found love, and Christ, too.

Oil Pastel Cat

“I created this piece to bring awareness in hopes that other people find art to express yourself. My piece of art expressed the beauty and color of art.”