When I saw a picture of some amazing artwork at the Sweet Chalk Festival in Lockport I was floored! And when I found out the artist is 15-years-old, I was blown away.
Mattie Hamelink says she’s always loved to doodle, “I have been drawing for as long as I can remember (as cliche as that sounds) but I can specifically remember really being serious about art in third grade when I constantly drew on all my test papers. I still draw little doodles on just about anything and I think my teachers have finally come to accept it. I had an amazing art teacher in middle school and he was a huge inspiration to me and also told me to enter every contest I see. So thanks to him I started doing the chalk festivals.” Her first was in Florida while on a family vacation. This is her second year at the Sweet Chalk Festival in Lockport – and this year, she chalked up a win, ” I won the mayors award this year which was a huge honor.” For Maddie, it’s a great opportunity because she loves animals and drawing them.
Great job – we can’t wait to see what you create next year!