Art is more than a hobby for 16-year-old Sierra Bosse.

The Central Hardin High School junior from Glendale always has been interested in drawing and painting.

“As early as I can remember,” she said. “I was always independent as a kid so it was nice to sit in my room and draw.”

Bosse realized as early as third grade, in art class, that art someday could be a career.

“It made something click,” she said.

She paints and does pencil sketches but more recently is doing mostly digital art. Her dream career would be in character design for video games, books or animation.

“From a young age she has always been into coloring and drawing,” her mother, Traci, said. “She has always been self-driven and enjoys challenging herself with her art projects.”

Traci said she and Bosse’s father are proud of all her accomplishments and grades in art.

“We can’t wait to see what the future holds for her,” she said.

Bosse also recently received recognition for her work.

In April, she won first place for Hardin County in a Congressional Art Com­petition and third place for the 2nd Congressional district.

Her painting, an acrylic, was called “Blaze from Within.” She said it was a lot of work to complete.

“It was weird because I didn’t really expect to win,” she said.

Bosse said when she painted it she had the urge to win but then self-doubt set in.

“I was very happy and proud of myself for it,” she said.

Bosse finds inspiration in a variety of places, including video games and books. She often will use the photo option in a video game to stop playing and look at the artistic elements in the game’s environment. Bosse also is inspired by works she sees from other artists online.

“Art is everywhere,” she said, adding she sees it in architecture, the design of cars and even something as simple as the design of a pencil. “All of that is everyone’s artwork in their own medium.”

Bosse said the more she observes things the more she grows in art.

“The more you consume and the more you pay attention your mind grows more than your skill,” she said.

Bosse finds herself looking at colors and the way things interact with each other.

In her digital art, she finds herself creating characters. Recently Bosse participated in an online mermaid challenge. She was given a theme or a word and the challenge was to create a mermaid and character around it.

Social media and the Internet have been great assets to young artists, she said.

Bosse can go online to find videos and instruction to help improve her skills and learn techniques from professional artists.

She’s always trying to find ways to improve her art.

“It’s training your eye to find imperfections and try to fix it,” she said.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.