Winning first place in the annual art association high school competition was just a day in the life of 18-year-old Alexandra Vay, who is already developing her own artistic brand and comic series.
The recent Burbank High graduate took home gold at the Burbank Art Assn. Annual High-School Scholarship Competition for her watercolor of two withering tulips, “Dying.” The competition was held at the association’s May 25 meeting and chose Vay’s work out of 20 others from Burbank High, John Burroughs and Bellarmine-Jefferson, she said.
She spent about 28 hours one week completing the piece for her advanced art class at Burbank High.
“I was looking through a book of photos of dying flowers shot by Irving Penn, and I thought they were so beautiful, so I decided to do my own interpretation,” Vay said.