By Kyle Jillson | November 13 2012 13:52

Local artist enters NRA art contest with familiar animal

Squirrel entry in George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest by local Virginia artist

Fairfax, Virginia - Directing our attention back to the East Coast, here's an entry from this year's George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest that came from just down the road to NRA headquarters.

Jacqueline St. Clair from Jeffersonton, Virginia hand delivered an entry depicting the animal we're probably most familiar with in the Washington D.C. area - the squirrel.

A first-time entrant to the art contest, Jacqueline is a high school Senior meaning it's her final year of eligibility. But she sure made it count showcasing her talent with pastels to bring us this amazing entry. Her squirrel looks so lifelike you half expect it to scamper off at any sudden moment.

As we've already said, this year's deadline has been reached and we are no longer accepting entries as we prepare for the judging later this week. We'll continue highlighting entries like Jacqueline's here as we process everything, but pretty soon we'll begin announcing this year's winners. With $7,000 in prizes being given out, a lot of hard work is about to pay off for some talented young artists.

How will Jacqueline's squirrel measure up to the rest of the art in Category IV? We'll have to wait and see if she pops back up in the coming weeks.

The George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest is a great way for young artists to practice their techniques and even win some cash. Check out our website at for more information or email us at

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