18-year-old achieves ‘life goal’ as painting is displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

An 18-year-old girl has achieved her ‘life goal’ before even graduating from high school after her painting went on display at one of the world’s most prestigious art galleries.

Cliffannie Forrester, from Brooklyn, New York, was selected from more than 1,000 submissions to have her Uganda painting displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of an annual exhibition, P.S. Art 2016: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of New York City Kids.

Such was her joy that she tweeted: ‘Who just completed their life goal at age 18? Me. As of 6/14/16 my piece is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.’

Euphoric: High school student Cliffanie Forrester, 18, pictured with her painting Uganda, was overjoyed after her work was selected to go on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
Dream: Cliffanie, from Brooklyn, New York, wrote on Twitter that it was her 'life goal' to have her work hung at the prestigious art gallery, pictured
Dream: Cliffanie, from Brooklyn, New York, wrote on Twitter that it was her ‘life goal’ to have her work hung at the prestigious art gallery, pictured
Creative: Cliffannie, pictured in front of her painting projected in Times Square, New York, wants to pursue a career as an artist
Creative: Cliffannie, pictured in front of her painting projected in Times Square, New York, wants to pursue a career as an artist

Her tweet has been liked more than 87,000 times and Cliffanie has been inundated with messages of congratulations and praise.

Cliffannie, who graduated from high school today, created the painting after a missionary trip to Uganda when she spotted a little girl who she said ‘was just standing around, admiring everything’.

She took a rushed photo of the girl on her phone which she showed to her art teacher Maria Jimenez when she got home to New York who suggested she use it as inspiration for a painting, she told Elle.com.

Cliffannie said the subject of the painting made her feel ‘like I was at ease, or at home’ when she saw her.

She said she likes to ‘capture an emotion’ through her art finds creating artwork an ‘escape’. She added: ‘Whenever I feel down, I try to draw, to ease my mind.’

Cliffannie hopes to pursue a career as an artist when she has finished studying and plans to go to college to study a degree in fine art later this year.

Busy: Cliffannie, pictured left and right, graduated from high school today   Busy: Cliffannie, pictured left and right, graduated from high school today

Work in progress: Cliffannie said she 'struggled a lot' with the painting that took her one month to complete

Work in progress: Cliffannie said she ‘struggled a lot’ with the painting that took her one month to complete

While she may have already achieved her ‘ultimate goal’, she is not giving up now.

‘People think I’m stopping here bc I achieved my ultimate goal… Lol, I’m getting another piece in the MET one day & nothing will stop me,’ she wrote on Twitter.

Cliffanie, who also saw her work projected in Times Square, said it is a ‘big deal’ to be in the same museum as greats such as Degas and Van Gough.

Her painting is one of 89 works that were chosen to be featured in The Met exhibition dedicated to the city’s students, which is in its ninth year.

Sandra Jackson-Dumont, of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, praised Cliffanie’s work. ‘It’s well painted, the composition is wonderful, the foreground, middle ground, background, all of those things associated with this object are exceptional,’ she told ABC7.

Cliffanie said she ‘struggled a lot’ with the painting, which took her a month to complete,

She painted the background multiple times with different weathers and scenes.

Her mother Mary said Cliffanie’s work makes her emotional. ‘Every time I look at her artwork, I just cry,’ she said.

Source: The DailyMail

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