About the Artist: Isabelle Paik

My name is Isabelle Paik. I am 16 yrs old and a junior at Bellevue West High School in Bellevue, Nebraska. I was born and raised in Nebraska and currently live in the Plattsmouth area. I have always enjoyed drawing and have taken several art classes throughout my school years. I've participated in many various art projects, including this rain barrel program when I was 13. I have done art for the Children's Hospital and I have painted shirts and done artwork to sell and help support True Buddy Farms programs. I spend a lot of my free time doing community service projects with my Girl Scout troop, volunteering time at the Omaha Zoo as a member of the Zoo Crew and shadowing the hoof stock zoo keepers, volunteering at Fontenelle Forest in the Teen Naturalist Trainee program. I also volunteer a lot at True Buddy farms (therapeutic program for individuals with special needs and medical challenges. I am a member 4-H and mainly show sheep and pigs but also my artwork at times. Aside from art, one of my other big loves is animals. I ride horses most days of the week and own one myself. I train two days out of the week in hunt/jump and saddle seat and compete in shows throughout the year. I plan to attend UNL for college in the fall of 2015 and study veterinary science in the hopes of becoming a farm vet someday.

Other rain barrels by this artist:
2011: "Nebraska Farms"

Artwork Interpretation: "Heart of the Prairie"

I chose this particular design, because the indian and the buffalo are some of the most well known and significant symbols of the great plains ad prairie lands. The buffalo served as a vital part of the Native American culture and provided more than just food, which is why I chose to make it the main theme of the barrel.