Junior Courtney Treadwell has been creating artwork for as long as she can remember. She began to hone her skills during her years as a middle schooler, receiving numerous awards since. With a particular interest in realism, Courtney enjoys portraying lively images that are meaningful to the people around her. While she has won several awards for her pieces, she was particularly honored to receive a 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Award of Excellence Auction Purchase. Not only was this momentous in the regard that it was her first piece to sell, but it was also a piece with quite a meaningful backstory.
The winning piece, Rodeo Legend, was Courtney’s first portrait acrylic painting. While she enjoyed creating the intricate piece and learning how to utilize the new medium, it was the subject of the painting that made it so special: Carruth Gerault. A friend of the Treadwell family, Gerault was a familiar face at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Never seen without a cowboy hat, Gerault was devoted to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 38 years.
As the Chairman of the International Committee and an active member on the Board of Directors, Gerault never failed to display his love and devotion to the Rodeo. When Gerault passed away in 2018, the Rodeo community was heartbroken; many were familiar with Gerault’s friendly demeanor, and many hearts were touched by the stunning portrait that Courtney had created in his memory.
With months of hard work and dedication, Courtney completed the portrait just in time for the 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Competition. Courtney was familiar with the art show, as she had received many art awards prior to the Award of Excellence. Boasting five awards during her high school career thus far, Courtney looks forward to competing again soon in the Houston World Series of Dog Shows Art Competition.
Courtney doesn’t limit herself to just one form of self-expression - she also has a deep love for the art of fashion. As an intern at local fashion boutique, Golden, she has gained both experience and insight into the industry. Courtney has learned how to identify different designers, how to pair fabrics and patterns, and how to create stylish outfits out of the inventory that she has been given. The technical aspects of working retail are her favorites, as she enjoys merchandising and learning how to buy inventory for the store.
During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Courtney used her newfound surplus of time to develop her wardrobe and discover her style. Today, she enjoys expressing herself and her creativity outwardly through what she chooses to wear, posting OOTDs (outfit of the day) on one of her social media accounts, @courtneytreadwellart. The personable teen is known for helping her family and friends create the perfect outfit, and even clients at Golden. Her personable demeanor and charisma make it easy for her to flourish in the retail industry, as she enjoys talking to clients, styling them, and offering her opinion.
Although Courtney does not plan on studying fashion and design in college, the Memorial High School junior has ambitions to pursue a degree in business. While she wishes to study art as well, she says that she will wait until after graduating college to pursue any kind of career in the fashion industry.
To commission Courtney Treadwell to create an art piece, contact her at:
Email: [email protected]
To visit local clothing boutique Golden:
Address: 12462 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas
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