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If You Could Write a Letter to Your 18-year Old Self, What Would It Say?

This is often a question I ask myself this time of year as we award the annual Tenfold Scholarship. Seeing the heart and souls of the entries from talented students from across Columbus make me feel inspired and sentimental at the same time as I think back to my own aspirations as I prepared for college.

We’re honored to select Josh Heinmiller, a Pataskala resident and graduate of Bishop Hartley High School as the winner of the 2016 Tenfold Scholarship. Josh is truly a one-of-a-kind talent. He is skilled at many forms of art, but his favorite mediums are watercolor and ballpoint pen. He loves surrealism, and this passion comes through as he is able to take you into the worlds he has created on paper, filled with funny, creative and unique characters.

Josh will be attending Columbus College of Art and Design in the fall and he plans to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator and designer. But, Josh also has an interest in creating comic books and children’s books. He says “I want to give children the same feelings of wonder that I felt when I was a child, being drawn in by the pictures of a book during story time.” How great is that?

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When I launched LaineGabriel in 2006 with my business partner James Gabriel Brown, we knew we wanted to make a difference in the community. We knew we wanted to support the next generation of creatives. We knew we wanted to show artists just like us that you can use your art talents into adulthood and make a living, and find a way to turn your passion into a career.

My 18-year old self was incredibly fortunate to have two high school art teachers who believed in me enough to help me pay for my first college art courses—an act of generosity that changed my life. I’m so thankful to have the opportunity through Tenfold to pay back this generosity through supporting future artists and art education.

In the future, we hope to expand the impact of the Tenfold Scholarship and our support of arts education. There really is no shortage of arts talent here in central Ohio and throughout the state, and we’re thrilled to play a small part in helping these young creatives pursue their dreams.

Congratulations, Josh on being the 2016 Tenfold Scholarship winner! We’re so excited to see what the future holds for you.

Make sure to check out the amazing art from Josh and all our past Tenfold scholarship applicants here here.