The artwork of a St. Patrick School student is on display in downtown Kent through Aug. 2.

Eleven of 13-year-old Katie Jordan's original drawings have been hanging in the windows of interior design and decorating firm Sue Nelson Designs at 156 S. Water St., since the Kent Heritage Festival on July 5.

The collection consists of drawings made with pencil, colored pencil, charcoal and permanent marker.

Prints of the drawings are available for sale inside the store.

Katie, an eighth-grader at St. Patrick School in Kent and a Tallmadge resident, is a self-taught artist and has never taken any art classes. Sue Nelson became aware of the teen's talent through one of Katie's teachers, and Nelson asked to display Katie's drawings.

According to Katie's mother, Kathy Jordan, Sue Nelson Designs features creative works of middle school students from the Kent area each year during the Heritage Festival. Usually, the displays have works by multiple students, but this year Nelson decided to feature only Katie's drawings.

"It's a pretty big honor to be the only one featured and to have all the attention just on my work," Katie said.

Katie has dabbled in various arts and crafts, including sewing, and has been drawing her entire life. About a year ago, she discovered her freehand drawing skills were improving so she began to focus on the method and found her drawings of humans and other objects became more realistic.

"I always use a reference picture, and I just sort of work off of that. Mainly, just sort of taking in the details and putting them on paper," she said. "I just use (the reference picture) to sort of recreate it, but not in anyway copy it."

One of her drawings, which was based on the book "After Ever After" by Jordan Sonnenblick, won first place in an art contest affiliated with the 2014 Youngstown State University English Festival last spring, for which students entered artwork for hypothetical covers of one of seven books they were required to read. A seventh-grader at the time, Katie was one of 100 seventh- to ninth-graders who entered artwork in the contest.

Katie sees herself entering more of her pieces into art shows and creating personalized drawings for others in the future.

The proceeds from the sales of the prints that are available at Sue Nelson Designs will be used to buy more art supplies.

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