CINCINNATI — Emma Toschlog, a 2015 National Trail graduate, was awarded the Hodnett-Hacker Memorial High School Student Scholarship for $1,000 by the Ohio Watercolor Society earlier this year.
Trail’s art teacher, Diane Alexander, also received $500 to use for art supplies in the school’s art department.
The artwork will be featured in the OWS’s 38th annual juried exhibition, which draws entries through all of Ohio. The display will run through Oct. 24 at the OWS in Cincinnati.
Toschlog’s painting, titled ÒFerretÓ, is of a ferret near a tree, surveying the woods. The setting of the painting, namely the tree, is a symbol of the ferret’s security while the woods beyond it is new territory for the furry creature.
“I’ve always felt inspired to draw and paint animals because they fascinate me and I like their honest expression. I was inspired to paint “The Ferret” because I liked the ferret’s charming attitude and adventurous spirit,” said Toschlog. “I think a lot of my art work indicates subjects that are important to me or subjects that make me happy and this little ferret definitely makes me smile.”
The young artist may have graduated from high school, but Toschlog fully intends on using her experience in art class in all her future endeavors.
“Art will always be a part of my life no matter what path I choose because it’s so freeing. In art, I’m able to revisit my favorite places, tell stories, and showcase my imagination,” she said.