Karishma Zechariah likes winter for one reason.
As the temperatures drop and the days become shorter, the 4-year-old holds onto the hope that she’ll see a snow flurry or two.
That’s what led Karishma, of Evans, to paint snowfall surrounding a little red house and submit it in the Lands’ End “We Love Winter” holiday art contest.
The young artist’s entry won first place in her age group. Along with winning a $500 Lands’ End gift card, Karishma’s artwork is featured with other winning pieces on the Lands’ End Facebook page and Web site.
“We were very excited for her,” said her mother, Sunitha Zechariah. “I think art is one of her talents so we’re trying to improve that.”
Karishma used acrylic paint to color a blue background and white snowflakes. Karishma also painted a red house, tree, snowman and a little girl ice-skating with her dog.
Karishma said her favorite activities in the snow are building snowmen and making snow angels.
“They’re just so fun,” she said.
This isn’t the first art contest Karishma has won.
For two consecutive years, she has placed in E-Z-GO’s holiday art contest, which is open to children of company employees. Karishma’s father, Alvin Zechariah, works in the information technology department.
This year, she drew Santa driving a golf car with three reindeer in the back.
The company sends out the holiday cards to customers and business associates.
“Now we are realizing she has a talent, raw talent,” Alvin Zechariah said. “I didn’t take it seriously. Now I am.”
Karishma’s interest in art started when she was just 2 years old, her mother said.
“We started with crayons and colored pencils,” Zechariah said. “Last year, that’s when I got her a paint set.”
Karishma’s not the only family member with artistic talent. Her grandfather was a professional artist in India and taught art at a college.
Karishma’s parents said they’re looking into enrolling her in art classes or a summer camp.
In the meantime, Karishma plans to spend her gift card money on a new bicycle.
“A new one without training wheels,” she said.