Soeung Sarlita, a 20-year-old architecture student at the Royal University of Fine Arts and a TESOL student at Pannasastra University of Cambodia, won the latter’s Peace Painting competition late last year.
The daughter of an artist, Ms Sarlita grew up loving her father’s paintings and began drawing when she was seven. Her father noticed her talent and began teaching her himself.
“I never thought I’d win the competition. However, I must admit the theme of the Peace Painting competition put me in a peaceful frame of mind before I began,” she said.
Painting, according to Ms Sarlita, has a unique ability to convey an artist’s feelings about the people or things around them.
“I tried to visualize a peaceful scene, and I eventually brought it to life,” she said.
Upon completing her bachelor’s degrees at RUFA and PUC, Ms Sarlita wants to be an English professor as well as an architect.
She strongly believes that with the proper skills and knowledge, anyone can make a special contribution to developing the country.