Local artist receives honourable mention in national art contest

Kaitlyn Ambury was the only contestant chosen from Abbotsford in the Robert Bateman Get To Know art contest.

Grade 10 student Kaitlyn Ambury tried painting for the first time for the Robert Bateman Get To Know contest.

Grade 10 student Kaitlyn Ambury tried painting for the first time for the Robert Bateman Get To Know contest.

Kaitlyn Ambury has been creating art since she was two years old.

With crayons, pens or pencils in hand, a lot of that handiwork was displayed on the walls in her family’s home.

Drawings of puppies, rainbows and family portraits are underneath the paint in the 15-year-old’s room.

“I thought it was Kaitlyn being Kaitlyn,” said her mom, Dale-Lyn.

Now, Kaitlyn’s art can be displayed on other people’s walls – in a calendar.

The artist received an honourable mention in this year’s Robert Bateman Get To Know art contest. She was the only contestant chosen from Abbotsford.

Her painting of a killer whale will be displayed in the month of September.

Contestants were encouraged to go outside and observe their natural surroundings.

If Kaitlyn had gone to the ocean to find inspiration, she was told by officials she would have placed.

But she is happy with her award. Kaitlyn recently attended a gala at Vancouver’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum, where she was awarded materials from Opus Art Supplies.

Kaitlyn has also been chosen to be a fine arts assistant next semester at her school, Robert Bateman Secondary.

“Usually only students in Grade 12 get to do that,” she said, smiling.