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Finalist: 13-15 year olds

Sin Wai Zheng Self-portrait

Age 15

13-15 year olds

I chose to paint myself with acrylic paint on paper. I am in boarding school and I love to paint in my spare time. My parents are still in China and I miss them very much. My dad encouraged me to learn painting at my art school. He said when I feel lonely I can paint. I am very much enjoying going to my art school. My teacher taught me how to draw and how to paint. In this self-portrait, I painted in the style of master painter Caravaggio and my teacher said it looks like I am lit by candlelight.