For the Star-Telegram’s sixth Father’s Day Art Contest, we asked readers to pay tribute to dear ol’ Dad by creating a portrait and short essay explaining what makes him so special.
The response was overwhelming. We received dozens of entries from all over Dallas-Fort Worth, from artists ranging in age from 3 to older than 90.
As in years past, most of our older entrants opted to immortalize their dads in black-and-white pencil sketches. In contrast, younger readers embraced color, using everything from crayons and markers to watercolors and hole-punch remains.
With such a large pool of artistic talent to choose from, we pored over every entry and essay, giving each one a considerable amount of thought. After much deliberation, here are the portraits of pops that came out tops (first place and runner-up) in each age category, as well as a list of honorable mentions.
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Happy Father’s Day!
Age 5 and younger
Artist: Leanne Lambert, 5, Hurst
Father: Matthew Lambert
Thoughts on Dad: “My Dad hugs me. He works to get money for my family. I like dates with Dad at Taco Bueno.”
Artist: Sadie Baize, 5, Fort Worth
Father: Justin Baize
Thoughts on Dad: “I love my daddy because he is really funny. I like to find geocaches with him and go to the forest.”
Ages 6 to 8
Artist: Burbury Myers, 8, Fort Worth
Father: Wes Myers
Thoughts on Dad: “I like when he watches movies with me because if I have a question he will always have the answer. I like when he plays music so we can boogie to the ground.”
Artist: David Wardlaw, 6, Fort Worth
Father: Justin Wardlaw
Thoughts on Dad: “My Dad is funny, patient and wise, and I am very thankful that he is my Dad.”
Ages 9 to 12
Artist: Gregory Self Jr., 10, Crowley
Father: Gregory Self
Thoughts on Dad: “Thank you, Dad, for teaching me what’s right and wrong; thank you for teaching me to be different; thank you, Daddy, for helping me in my homework and playing with me.”
Artist: Tucker Lietz, 10, Midlothian
Father: Kenny Lietz
Thoughts on Dad: “My Dad is one of the most inspiring people I know. He is always a hard worker and always puts his family first.”
Artist: Gracie Meek, 15, Southlake
Father: Robert Meek
Thoughts on Dad: “My Dad also helps my brother and me with homework struggles. I hope that I can grow up to be as great a parent as he is someday.”
Artist: Lisa Baum, 16, Keller
Father: Kraig Baum
Thoughts on Dad: “My Dad has raised me to be a productive person and I can’t thank him enough for the knowledge he has given me.”
Artist: Philip Wilson, 64, Fort Worth
Father: Myron Lee Wilson
Thoughts on Dad: “My father, Myron Lee Wilson, died when I was 6 years old. He was 38. He had precious little time to guide and inspire me, but from the few memories I have and from memories shared by friends and relatives I have garnered enough to last a lifetime.”
Artist: Barbara Luciano, 63, Arlington
Father: Vincent Luciano
Thoughts on Dad: “Watching him helped me become a better mother. He showed me the importance of family, hard work and a good education.”
Gracie Lambert, 3, Hurst
Felicity Baize, 8, Fort Worth
Lilian Dimock, 11, Fort Worth
Amber Lim, 18, Arlington
Kody Brewer, 22, Arlington