Sealy teen wins big with oil painting


More than 30,000 youth entered artwork at the recent Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo – and just a few of those pieces were selected for auction. One young man whose painting went up for bid was Sealy High School student Khondker Salim.

It sold for a cool $10,000.

Salim said he was encouraged by teachers Valeria Goad and Brooke Trahan to enter the competition. He set up a “still life” scene and created the oil painting in increments over about a month. He entered his project, titled “Western Vanitas” into the competition, and the livestock show auction was held March 11.

“Mrs. Goad was very helpful and she helped me collect the materials and take a reference photo for my painting,” Salim said. “My art teacher Mrs. Trahan also gave me advice and helped me along the way. The painting was bought by an organization from Houston Rodeo.”

Some of the funds from the sale will be put into a scholarship fund for Salim.

The 10th-grader said he plans to continue pursuing art throughout his high school career.


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