However, it so readily reflected the feeling of the artist, 17-year-old Douglas County High School junior Mohammad Bhatti, organizers said.
The student’s work, which reflected the feeling he and his family shared in the recent death of Bhatti’s uncle, was one of 34 artistic creations from Douglas County School System students now on display in the gallery area of the Douglas County Courthouse.
The artistic creations, using a variety of media including pencil, photography, ceramic and pen and ink as well as mixed media, will remain on display through Jan. 30, according to Douglas County Communications Director Wes Tallon.
“Student art is annually exhibited in the courthouse art gallery,” Tallon said. “This gives the young artists an opportunity to display their talents to the public, quite often for the first time.”
The art pieces of Douglas County high school students are on display annually in January while area middle school student artwork is displayed in February and elementary school in April.
Tallon said art teachers select the artwork designated for display in the courthouse.
The exhibition is free and open to the public whenever the courthouse is open.
Douglas County High School art teacher Jim Couch said the experience the young artists receive in seeing their artwork displayed in an actual public gallery outside of school is something they do not forget and can influence many to develop their creative talents.
“It gives these students the opportunity to be part of the greater Douglas County artistic community outside of their school walls,” Couch said.
“Student art displays like this not only bring joy and good will to the community but is a way the community can come together in a relaxed atmosphere and celebrate the accomplishments and talent of these young, budding artists.”
Couch added that a budding artist must have imagination, drive and determination for talent to blossom and mature as the artist matures.
Bhatti’s painting shows a man’s face and upper torso. However, the face has no mouth while brightly colored streams of tears seem to be running down the cheeks of the face.
“The face in the painting has no mouth, which represents the fact that there are no words to express the grief my family and I feel when we think of my uncle’s death,” said Bhatti, son of Sibtain and Mushrat Bhatti.
Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan said Bhatti’s painting well reflected what the student felt in the death of his uncle.
“I lost my brother-in-law recently and Mohammad’s painting shows the emotion all of us feel when we lose someone close to us,” Worthan said.
However, surrounding the face in Bhatti’s painting were dazzling strips of color which Bhatti said represented hope and happiness because his uncle was in “a better place.”