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An 18-year-old Ellensburg High School Senior doesn't earn an income through waitressing or working in retail. She sells her artwork for hundreds of dollars. An 18-year-old Ellensburg High School Senior doesn't earn an income through waitressing or working in retail. She sells her artwork for hundreds of dollars.
ELLENSBURG, WA - An 18-year-old Ellensburg High School Senior doesn't earn an income through waitressing or working in retail. She sells her artwork for hundreds of dollars.

While most third grade students are learning multiplication and how to write in cursive,  Maddy Jenkins was selling an art piece for a pretty penny.

"It went for $350, I believe at a live auction," said Jenkins.

Ten years later, Jenkins is preparing to graduate from Ellensburg High School and her art work is showcased in many local galleries, restaurants and shops.

"It makes me proud, but I'm also really grateful to the community because they're so supporting of young artists," said Jenkins. "They got me started in the Paint Ellensburg Live Auction at Gallery One when I was like five."

"Anytime you can network with other art folks, you're just growing and building all those relationships," said Barb Goll, a teacher at Ellensburg High School. "So for her future, it's looking very bright."

Jenkins doesn't need a fancy studio to create beautiful pieces, like Rosie the elephant, which took about a year to complete.

"I watch Gossip Girl, and I kind of binge watch Netflix, and just sit down and do it up in my little family room," said Jenkins.

The young artist said her inspiration comes from the places she's traveled.

"I've been to like New York and Nicaragua this last spring, and just the colors and cultures," said Jenkins. "It really inspires you."

Jenkins said she hopes to draw more inspiration from studying abroad during college. She plans to attend Western Washington University in the fall.
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