Posted by Dave Dykema - email
TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - A Toledo artist is getting some national recognition and you could soon see her artwork in the mail.
She is 16-year-old Lily Spang. She loves animals and art.
She's making a name for herself as a wildlife artist.
One painting of a duck, in particular, is landing her on the national stage.
Lily entered it in US Fish and Wildlife's Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
"It was kind of a shock," Lily said. "I was really happy."
Lily spent several months working on the painting, but the big win has actually been years in the making. She has been entering the contest since the fourth grade.
"Every year when she wouldn't win best of show for the state, she would think on the way home about the duck she was going to do next year," said Sandy Spang, Lily's mother. "So that progress that you see, that's really the best part of it."
In a few weeks Lily will fly to Nashville for the first printing of the painting.
It will be sold as a collectible stamp across the country.
Lily won $5,000 for her accomplishment, and the right to say she's the first person from Ohio to win.
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