Our readers salute dear ol’ Dad in the Father’s Day Art Contest

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For the Star-Telegram’s fifth Father’s Day Art Contest, we asked readers to break out the art supplies and honor dear ol’ Dad with a portrait and short essay explaining why he’s so great.

We received dozens of entries from all over Dallas-Fort Worth, with artists ranging in age from 4 to 93.

While black-and-white pencil sketches were popular among our older entrants, younger readers opted for lots of color using paints, markers and crayons. With so many impressive portraits to choose from, picking a winner in each age category proved to be quite the task.

After much debate, here are the winning portraits (first place and runner-up) in each age category, as well as a list of honorable mentions.

Age 5 and younger

First place

Artist: David Wardlaw, 5, Fort Worth

Father: Justin Wardlaw

Thoughts on Dad: “I love my Dad because he is nice to me. I love fishing, swimming, reading and drawing with my Dad. My Dad is the best Dad because he takes care of us and loves us.”


Artist: Tricia Ste. Marie, 5, Crowley

Father: Tim Ste. Marie

Thoughts on Dad: “My Dad inspires me by loving me. He is sweet and kind. He is good.”

Ages 6 to 8

First place

Artist: Nevaeh Smith, 7, Crowley

Father: Billy Smith

Thoughts on Dad: “I love my Dad because he is strong and protects me and my baby brother. My Dad has a job and works hard to take care of me. I want to be like my Dad and get a college degree.”


Artist: Alaia Raykhelson, 6, Keller

Father: Robert Raykhelson

Thoughts on Dad: “I love my Dad because he’s funny, mysterious, wild and nice. I think he’s cooler than any other Dad in the whole wide world!”

Ages 9 to 12

First place

Artist: Zoe Grice, 11, Fort Worth

Father: Jeff Grice

Thoughts on Dad: “My Dad inspires me and gives me confidence because I know that he loves me and understands me.”


Artist: Sophia Rodriguez, 10, Arlington

Father: Xavier Rodriguez

Thoughts on Dad: “My Dad is the best! He loves me and I love him. My Dad is an awesome teacher, because he teaches me what is right to do.”


First place

Artist: Graysen Cisneros, 17, Fort Worth

Father: Chris Cisneros

Thoughts on Dad: “I love my Dad’s stories, music, dishes, goofiness and fun.”


Artist: Kelsey Shoemaker, 16, Arlington

Father: Keith Shoemaker

Thoughts on Dad: “My Dad has inspired me by pushing me towards my dreams. He’s the person I go to for advice on drawings and photos that I make.”


First place

Artist: Heather Carr, 45, Fort Worth

Father: Richard Otis McCreless

Thoughts on Dad: “It started in 1967, I was a preemie, he chose to take the nighttime feedings so Mom could sleep. His love stood the test of time for the next four decades.”


Artist: Diane McClure, 56, Fort Worth

Father: Albert J. Davis

Thoughts on Dad: “My father was Albert J. Davis. He had kind, honest eyes. He taught math and science, and later worked in industry making important contributions to his field. He inspired me because he saw potential in everyone.”

Honorable mentions

Grace Curran, 4, Denton

Jackson Phelps, 8, Fort Worth

Sarah Kirkland, 11, Fort Worth

Molly Pruitt, 16, Bedford

Donna McDonald, 59, Fort Worth

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