Tohatchi grad's drawing chosen to hang in Capitol

By Alysa Landry
Special to the Times

WASHINGTON, jUNE 26, 2014

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When Davin Nez remembers his grandmother, he pictures a scarf tied over her hair, eyes wide with wisdom and a slight smile playing across her lips.

Nez, 19, captured that image in a pencil drawing that for the next year will hang on the wall at the U.S. Capitol. The drawing, called "Tribute to the Elders: Navajo Woman," was selected as the first-place winner representing New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District in this year's Congressional Art Competition.

"It's a portrait, a pencil drawing, of my grandmother," Nez, a 2014 graduate of Tohatchi High School, said during a phone interview.

Nez's grandmother died last summer and Nez used a photograph of her as a model for his drawing.

"The way I remember her, she was sitting at the table, drinking coffee," he said. "She's in a hogan, so you can see the inside of the hogan too."

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