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Local student hoping to repeat international art win

Korth took top spot in a contest endorsed by Robert Bateman
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Marshall Korth won first in an international art contest with this painting of a fox on a round bale in 2018. He is hoping to win again with a painting of a white-tail deer. Supplied

ATHABASCA – A local young artist is looking for even more international recognition as he prepares to submit a piece of his work to the Get to Know contest endorsed by world famous Canadian artist Robert Bateman, again.

Marshall Korth, 11, is a student at Landing Trail Intermediate School in Athabasca and has been submitting art to contest for several years, taking the top spot in 2018 for his painting of a fox laying on top of a round bale. Now he hopes to do it again.

“I’ve been painting ever since I was a little kid. I’ve always had a sketch book,” Marshall said. “I’ve been painting since I was two and my mom taught me more.” 

His mom, Crystal Korth, has taught art for years and used the contest as a way to get students to focus on a project. 

“How do you get inspired to do a painting? How do you plan your reference material?” Crystal said, describing some of the lessons she gives students. 

Marshall based the award-winning painting on a fox he and his family spotted in a neighbour’s field, and he beat out thousands of entrants worldwide. 

“Marshall had the photos on a personal camera to prevent worry about copyright infringement,” Crystal said. 

For the contest, all work must be unique and youth under 18 can enter in art, music, video and writing on the website. For all his hard work in 2018 he won a $50 Paint Spot gift card and a certificate plus recognition on the website. 

For his next painting , Marshall plans to capture the likeness of a white-tail deer he said, he is just waiting for the right photo. He added that it takes him two weeks and at least an hour a day to complete the painting once he gets started. 

“I have pictures of white-tail deer, but I will try to get some more and then I will pick the one with the most detail and best lighting,” Marshall said.

Heather Stocking,
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