Bevan Hamilton/ The Northern View Cooper Jackson won first prize in an art show put on by the North Coast Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society in April. Her piece is now on display at the Oceanside Mall.

Young Rupert artist wins award for piece on different belief systems

Cooper Jackson won first prize for her art piece about different belief systems.

An art piece on different belief systems won Prince Rupert’s Cooper Jackson first prize in a contest put on by the North Coast Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society in April.

Jackson, who is in Grade 10, won the $300 first prize in the highschool category. It was her first art award, which means a lot to her.

“I put in at least three weeks into the whole project, so winning was a really good feeling,” she said.

The winning piece, entitled ‘Amplified Spirit’ is acrylics painted on three different plastic busts. Each one represents a belief system: atheism, Christianity and Hinduism.

“I am interested in other cultures and I love exploring different religions and belief systems. I took that and put my knowlege into my art piece,” Jackson said, adding that she herself is an atheist and the atheist piece represents her.

The project is displayed at Oceanside Mall just outside of Pacific Coast School.

Winning the award helps motivate Jackson to keep up her art, which means a lot to her.

“It’s definitely a release of emotions. Other than that, it just really makes me happy,” she said.

Jackson said she doesn’t necessarily want to be famous one day, but she does hope to have her work on display once again.