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Roseburg High student wins Congressional Art Competition, has art displayed at US Capitol

John "JT" Dauterman, Roseburg High art student, June 21, 2018. (SBG)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- 17 year-old Roseburg High School student John "JT" Dauterman has loved art all of his life.

And recently, he won the Congressional Art Competition for his drawing of Lakota Sioux Chief Red Arrow.

"It required a lot of shading and values and I thought it would be a good challenge," he said of the piece.

The drawing took him 30 hours to make, but one thing helped him push through: "I got some good classic rock, so I don't know, I got some good music...and yeah, it's fun."

Roseburg High School art teacher Nathan Eckman says there's more to Dauterman's art than the eye can see.

"There are a lot of people that are very talented, but to combine it with the work ethic that JT has, is a double edged sword," says Eckman.

Eckman has also learned a thing or two about his star student.

"One of the incredible things about teaching is when a student like JT comes along, it pushes not only you as a teacher, but the entire class. It raises everybody."

As for Dauterman, he tries to focus on the realism of his art.

"I try to get as close as possible to the actual picture and I think it's pretty hard to do," hew says, "so I try to do the best job I can of capturing that."

Now, Dauterman's piece, "Red Arrow," will be displayed at the US Capitol building in Washington DC for a year, representing his hard work and his community.

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