Brandy Gonzalez, a sophomore at Pine Tree High School, received first place for her digital photo titled “Krystal Refractions” in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. Brandy’s photo will represent the First District of Texas with Congressman Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. for a yearlong art exhibition.

The exhibit opening is in June. Brandy won three plane tickets compliments of the Congressional Art Competition/Southwest Airlines/Louie Gohmert to attend the art opening with her parents. Judges were faculty members at East Texas Baptist University. High school students from all over East Texas competed.

To create this image, Brandy designed a stencil, cut it out with an X-Acto knife, projected the shadows onto her model’s face, took a photo, then manipulated that photo with various software. Her model’s name is Krystal, and the colors are vivid like a crystal refraction — hence the title.