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Drawing up a promising future

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Van Gogh, Dali, Picasso -- They're among the greats. Now a young local artist is following in their footsteps with his masterpiece now in the national spotlight. His creative technique is What's Right With Tampa Bay.

With style, focus, and precision, 17-year-old Yeats Ihrig is sketching with the skill of a master craftsman.

"In order for me to draw, I have to kind of use all these little hatching lines and I have to kind of build up to form that way so they can get very intricate," Yeats explained.

Yeats is in the IB program at Robinson High School. He's been drawing since he was a kid.

"It's just a very peaceful process for me," he continued.

The high school senior is one of five winners in the Smithsonian's Teen Portrait Competition for drawing his self- portrait.

This is the second year for the contest, which seeks out young, budding artists.

"I was really happy that I got so far," he said. "It helped me decided that I am capable of being an artist."

Yeats does representational art. He draws objects we all recognize, like people, places, and things.

"I just like it because it is challenging. It takes a lot of focus," Yeats said.

Yeats is now taking his artistic skills to Florence, Italy, to the prestigious Angel Academy of Art.

"I really admire all the painters of the past, like the old masters and everything," Yeats added.

He'll spend the next four years at the professional art school, learning from some of the masters and developing his talents, one drawing at a time.

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