WASH 2019 Scholarship Winner

WASH has been privileged to recognize students who are pursuing a college art degree and who are interested in water media. In 2019 we recognized Halka Motani, and presented her with a $1,000 scholarship at our meeting on June10th. Halka’s art work will be on display in the Foyer at the Sacramento Fine Art Center for the month of June 2019.

Halka is a senior at Davis Senior High School in Davis. She is enrolled in San Jose State’s Animation/Illustration program and plans to develop her skills as a watercolor illustrator. Halka began using watercolors four years ago, after a demonstration in her art class left her mesmerized with its delicacy and versatility. When she realized the background of her favorite film, Studio Ghibi’s Princess Monanoke was in watercolor she was surprised at how well the animation blended with the traditional medium and she worked harder to improve her skills.

Halka’s art teacher stated: “Halka is dedicated and spends time working with art outside of class. Last summer Halka was accepted into the prestigious California State Summer School for the Arts at Cal Arts in Southern California. This experience, in an environment conductive to fostering creativity, was instrumental in convincing Halka to major in art. Halka is an engaging happy person who has made many friends. Other exemplary character traits include dependability and self-motivation, and I am confident Halka will utilize these as she pursues her passion in the arts.” Emma is highly recommended by her teachers who are impressed with her creative talent and hard work ethic. They indicate she has not only a strong foundation, but someone who is passionate about art. Her senior year has afforded wonderful opportunities to showcase her beautiful artwork, as well as demonstrate leadership skills. As the Art Club Vice President, she works with her teachers and other officers to offer more creative opportunities to the students on campus.

Halka’s dance instructor stated: “As a teacher with over 35 years of experience, I can say without hesitation, Halka is an exceptional young woman and absolutely worthy of your attention.”

Halka has been active in pursuing her talent in art. In her portfolio, she submitted watercolor images indicating her understanding of watercolor techniques, design and creativity. I Believe in You is her watercolor creation submitted to the Crocker Museum Youth Art Month show and was awarded 1st place for the high school division.

Dear Bluebird
Halka Motani , 2019 WASH Scholarship Winner, “Dear Bluebird”
Halka Motani accepting her award.


Deadline, May 1, 2019

WASH Scholarship Committee
c/o Sacramento Fine Arts Center
5330-B Gibbons Drive
Carmichael, CA 95608

Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons (WASH), is again offering a $1000 Scholarship for a high school senior or a college art major who would like to continue his/her pursuit of learning more about water media at the college level.

Please print a scholarship application and cover letter out and give it to a deserving student for consideration. You will find the 2019 WASH Scholarship application and criteria at the following link: WASH Scholarship 2019.pdf

As it comes closer to the time to apply, if you need a Word digital document for the student to complete, please email and we will send the document in Word format.