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Livingston teen looking for national title after winning state fish art competition

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LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) -

A Livingston teen is racking up awards, and it is all thanks to his artwork.

Brady king recently won first place in an annual high school competition sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife. Brady's first place acrylic painting of two Atlantic Cod won him $1,000 and a trip to the national competition in August.

For king, his art imitates his life.

"I've been a fish guy ever since I was little," King said. "I've always had a fascination with them. They have certain qualities about them that make them hard to paint and capture all the detail that makes people say hey this looks like a fish"

He'll have to make room for the trophy. He's won the prize five of the last six years.

"I was super happy and excited, but I was not expecting to win again," King said. "To win it for 5 years has been mind-blowing. Looking back on my first one I was like how did I win with that thing,"

On top of those wins, King has also brought home a national title.

"It was really unexpected and I was grateful for all those people choosing me out of all those pieces of artwork," King said.

King said he first got into art when his father taught him how to draw simple shapes.

Years, and a lot of drawings, later, he's still honing his craft.

"They say practice makes perfect and I'm far from perfect, but the practice has definitely helped and each year I have gotten slightly better," King said."

Nationals are his last chance at glory before heading off to college and king said anything after that will just make this journey better.

King will be honored in Athens July 12 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.  King will travel to South Carolina in August for the national art competition.

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