Augusta County student brings artwork to Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Endless watercolors, sketches, paintings, and drawings line the walls of the Capitol building in Washington. But it’s hard to miss this green pick-up truck.

“Well usually when I paint I do landscapes and stuff but I know painting my truck would have been a challenge and I was excited to see what it would turn out to be," Katy Simmons the 6th District Congressional Art Competition Winner said.

Turns out painting her car helped bring the 17-year-old to our nation’s capital. Simmons submitted it to the Congressional Art Competition. Her congressman, Bob Goodlatte picked it to be the district winner.

“She’s done something that we’re all very proud of in the sixth congressional district," Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6) said.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors the nationwide high school art competition. Over 400 student artists are chosen. Simmons can’t get over she’s one of them.

“There’s so many good artworks, people are so talented," Simmons added.

The idea behind the competition is to recognize these students for their work and encourage more of it. Congressman Goodlatte said although there’s only one winner per congressional district there’s plenty of talent in the district.

“We’re very proud of her and we hope it encourages her and lots of other young people to use their creativity and create great works of art," Goodlatte added.

For the lawmakers, the art makes their walk to work a bit brighter. But for Simmons, her painting is a memory of home.

“Every time I think about it I just think of driving back on all the dirt roads on the way home," Simmons added.

Simmons is going to college in the fall. She said this contest inspired her to keep painting when she gets there.

Simmons artwork will hang in the Capitol building all year.

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