When the final gavel came down at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s annual auction, two Clear Springs High School art students were all smiles. Shayla Bowen sold her monochromatic drawing for $45,000 and Christina Rasmussen sold her painting for $20,000.
An 11th grader, Shayla Bowen’s charcoal drawing was titled “Uncle Glee”. It was inspired by the student’s uncle who lives in Utah. “My uncle owns a 45 acre farm and hunts coyote for a living,” explained Bowen. “I thought he looked like an interesting character.” The student earned $5,500 from the proceeds with the rest going to fund scholarships.
Christina Rasmussen is a senior at Clear Springs High School. She used oils to create “Last Crumbs”. Rasmussen participated in a field trip to a League City Ranch that proved to be her inspiration for the painting. “The longhorn cattle grabbed my attention with their unique colors and markings.” Christina Rasmussen earned $2,000 from the auction proceeds.