At McMinnville High School, it is near impossible to miss the explosions of talent walking our halls every day. Anna Parker, 12th grade, for example, has a certain affinity for creating colorful pieces that evoke the purest of emotions within her viewers. Her hope is that when people look at her paintings, they truly feel something, whatever that may be for the individual.

Parker, an avid artist since her youth, had only started acrylic painting, her favorite medium, within the last year and a half. Perhaps it was the shutdown that encouraged her to continue on and explore with this medium.

Much of what Parker ends up with are colorful pieces that really speak to her audience. The flexibility and artistic process of Anna Parker is remarkable, for even when she was at a low point in her life, with her motivation fluctuating, she still managed to create beautiful paintings such as the ones featured. Parker shows us that even through tough times, creativity never dies.