Awards & Recognition

For Artwork Created by Elyssa Bakker


"Keeping Watch" -- Oil on Canvas 42 x 30. Elyssa entered this work into the 2014 Grace Centre Juried Art Exhibition, where it earned her recognition as Best Emerging Artist.
Says Elyssa: "This piece is particularly meaningful to our family. The photo this was based on was taken of a Fulani boy by my grandfather while serving as a missionary in Africa. The cattle the boy is watching over represents the entirety of what his family owns. I did my best to capture the distrust in the boy's eyes and posture."

Says Juror Amy Kincaid: "This painting captured me on first sight. The mood and images declare a presence that is ominous. Nice use of the brush and color palette. Continue to study the figure and keep painting!"
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"Unassuming Beauty" -- Colored Pencil Drawing. Elyssa entered this work into the 2013 National Junior Duck Stamp Contest, where it won First Place for the State of North Carolina.
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It was selected as a finalist in the National Duck Stamp contest, and was selected to be included in a National Fish and Wildlife exhibition of waterfowl artwork displayed at wildlife and outdoor festivals and expositions, state fairs, national wildlife refuges, art galleries, museums, government buildings, and educational conferences across the United States from May of 2013 until April of 2014.
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"Z-Lines" - Watercolor pencil drawing. This piece won a Silver Key Award at the 2012 Western Carolina Scholastic Art Competition sponsored by the Asheville Art Museum.
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"Fossilized" - Colored Pencil Drawing. This piece won Best of Show at the 2011 ACSI Southern District student art show.
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"Eva" - Watercolor painting. This piece won Best of Show at the 2012 ACSI Southern District student art show.
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