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Botetourt art student creates van Gogh like painting

posted Sep 15, 2014, 1:26 PM by bcps web   [ updated Sep 15, 2014, 1:28 PM ]

BOTETOURT (WSLS) - A Botetourt County art student will wake up seeing stars each morning.

Naomi Grooten said she was inspired by painter Vincent van Gogh to create her own masterpiece. She painted her own 8-by-12 foot version of van Gogh's Starry Night. She used the Roanoke skyline in her own piece.

Naomi's canvas was her sister's former room. The Lord Botetourt High School junior said she asked her parents if she could move into the room when her older sister moved out. She had already decided to use the wall for her art.

It's a passion she developed early on.

"I definitely remembered asking for a few coloring books from Christmas just to put in my stocking," she said. "That was definitely one of my favorite Christmas presents when I was younger." 

Naomi said it took her three days, at least eight hours per day to complete the work. She posted a sign on her door when she started stating, "Naomi has started to slip into art mode. No one is to disturb her until she has finished painting or they will risk breaking her art mojo".