LAS VEGAS - A Las Vegas high school senior is a finalist for a prestigious award. All she had to do was paint a life-size model cow.
When Northwest Career and Technical Academy senior Hagen Anderson drew her 8" x 11" design, she had no idea she would become one of nine national finalists in Lucerne's Art of the Dairy contest.
She also didn't realize she would be tasked with transferring her art to a life-size replica cow which stands 8' x 6'.
"It's a lot of work. It's a really big cow, and my design was really intricate," she said. "Now, I have to put all of these details onto this cow. How am I going to do that? It took me a while to figure out how I was going to paint it. Ultimately, I just ended up using black acrylic paint."
"There's not really much image here. In my work, I look to work in black and white. I really wanted to bring across my style," she said.
The initial design took an hour to create. The final piece took weeks to complete. Working from a storage room at Northwest Career and Technical Academy, this cow quickly became Hagen's labor of love.
"It must have taken me about a month and a half, worked three hours a day, days off for six to seven hours. It really took a long time," she said.
Nine thousand people entered the contest. If Hagen milks out the win, she earns $5,000. She says she would use the money to help pay for college at University of Nevada Reno in the fall.
"It's really amazing. (I) never thought... it's a really good feeling," she said.
Hagen's work of art, or cow, is on display for the next two weeks at the Von's supermarket at 7530 West Lake Mead Boulevard. Voting for the best cow is underway.
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