(Port Orange, Florida)

The Secret Garden

colored pencil
11" x 14"

"The Secret Garden" is about a young girl coming home to herself. Inspired by the themes of Burnett's novel, our heroine is preparing to "pass through the gate" into a new environment, where the challenges of the unknown will allow her to grow into a young woman.

Juror’s note: Not only is Grace Netanya’s work exquisitely drawn, the idea of entry into another world that may, or may not, prove to be the home the young girl is seeking, is very compelling. As we move through our days forever seeking peace and that feeling of ‘home’, we encounter constant uncertainty. That emotion is beautifully displayed in this piece.

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