By Woody Harding
Special to the Chronicle
Kathleen “Kat” McDonald is one of three 2017 recipients of Festival of the Arts Committee scholarships, awarded exclusively to Citrus County high school seniors pursuing a post-
secondary education in the visual arts field.
This talented 2017 Lecanto High School graduate spent many hours as a volunteer student assistant working with elementary-age students at the SALSA (Summer Arts at Lecanto School of Art) Visual Arts Camp.
Kat managed to maintain an outstanding 3.65 GPS while taking dual-enrollment classes at the College of Central Florida.
Kat said she works “best in colored pencils and digital.” Pencils allow for “a lot of interesting visual textures,” while digital is a “forgiving” medium where mistakes can be eliminated by clicking “ctrl-Z.” Kat’s creations are highly expressive, exuding emotions, delivering messages and evoking reactions.
In selecting her bold artwork pictured at right, “Lucy in the Sky of Diamonds,” Kat said she loves this particular work because it conveys a sort of “whimsical dream element” that she always strives to create in her finished pieces.
Kat’s goals include working as a conceptual designer of characters for a claymation company such as Laika. She’d also love to publish comics with her original stories.
In the more immediate future, Kat will be attending the College of Central Florida, followed by enrollment in Ringling College to major in illustration. With her talent and determination, she’ll succeed in continuing to create art with her distinctive “whimsical dream element.”
For information on the Festival of the Arts Committee and this year’s festival scheduled for Nov. 4-5 in historic downtown Inverness, visit Invernessfestofthearts on Facebook.