Local artist taking small steps in big career

Caroline Rish

Caroline Rish’s watercolor painting of the Indian Pass Raw Bar was a hit during the Centennial Celebration.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 09:20 AM.

Artist Caroline Rish has 250 prints of her Indian Pass Raw Bar painting in town, selling it everywhere from the Salt Air Farmer’s Market to Persnickety Boutique on Reid Avenue.

Most notably, her work was featured at the Centennial Celebration, and she already has a lengthy list of pending commissions.

It’s important to note that in August, Rish will be a sophomore at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School.

It was during Julie Hodges’ art class, where students were tasked with painting historic structures that Rish’s watercolor came into existence. The painting caught Hodges’ eye and the teacher suggested that Rish get prints made in order to make some money for college.

Hodges also asked the artist if she could hang the painting in the student art show which would be presented alongside the Centennial Timeline display.

“I was very happy, but also really nervous,” said Rish about the display. “I didn’t know how my art would be perceived. I’m so young and I want to be taken seriously.”

The painting drew interest from around the community and now a poster-sized print of the watercolor can be purchased at Persnickety along with postcards baring the image.

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