Jennifer Ramos is a 17-year-old Laredoan and Senior attending the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts and J.W Nixon High School. In 2016, she sparked local and national attention when her artwork was displayed in the “Art of Wonder Exhibition” in New York’s premiere Comic-Con and in the United Nations building. She also placed 1st with her inspiring artwork in the LETS Program HIV Awareness Art Contest held by the Laredo Health Department on April 10, 2018. Ramos uses her art as a form of self-expression and to raise awareness.  She seeks to spread a global message about the issues she feels passionate about, such as climate change, the exploitation and mistreatment of animals, discrimination and lack of opportunities against minorities, among others. Whether she is painting for a competition, for her art class, or for a commissioned piece, she not only adds exquisite detail to her paintings but also incorporates careful thought and deeper meaning in all of her work. Ramos usually works with acrylic but she’s always learning, perfecting her craft, and expanding on new techniques working with other mediums such as watercolor and oil.  She loves adding realism and modern style to anything her brush strokes.

Ramos’ passion for painting and drawing began at a very early age and she is extremely thankful that all throughout her life she has had teachers, art mentors, and most importantly her family, who have all been highly supportive and encouraging of her art and talents.

Ramos is immensely filled with gratitude towards the WBCA team for selecting her artwork to serve as the Official WBCA Commemorative Poster for the 122nd Washington’s Birthday Celebration. Ramos thought carefully of this year’s theme “What does WBCA mean to you?” and imagined the time of year where in her unique hometown one name brings a whole city together with its numerous festivities. That was the inspiration behind her work “Our Culture Unites Us”. A stoic George Washington looks to the past and (if you look closely) also the future, as we celebrate him in the present with beloved 122-year-old traditions, which beautifully capture our unique culture that unites us.