The young artist who drew a prize-winning picture for this year’s fair only to see her work stolen is now using her talent to help in the fight against cancer.
“Night Owl,” Morgan Faucett’s color pencil drawing of an owl, won Best of Show for Middle School and High School during the art show at the 2011 Union County Fair. Although the 12-year-old aspiring artist won a blue ribbon and a $25 prize, she lost something greater — the drawing into which she had put forth so much time and effort. Morgan and her family were notified after the fair that her drawing had been carefully removed from its black mat and stolen from the fair.
Instead of dwelling on the negative, Morgan decided to draw another picture and use it to help others.
During the Union County Relay for Life team captains’ meeting Tuesday evening, event chair Beth Lancaster announced that Morgan has donated a new color pencil drawing of an owl to be auctioned at this year’s relay.
“I wanted to do something to give back to people,” Morgan said.
Morgan also said she had prayed about how to use her art for something positive.
“My family has really been affected by cancer,” she said, explaining why she chose to donate to Relay for Life.
Morgan, who is home schooled through the online Connections Academy, said she has been drawing since she was about seven years old. She enjoys drawing animals and characters from video games. She said cats are her favorite animals to draw, particularly their faces.
The new drawing will be auctioned during the 2012 Relay for Life of Union County, which is scheduled for May 11.
Morgan is the daughter of Tracey and Pam Faucett.