Rep. Scott Tipton is bringing Kendrick Lamar to the U.S. Capitol

Sadly, this is not the delightful odd couple antics of Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart.

Kendrick Lamar portrait "Utmost Appreciation" by Pueblo high school student Tiona Cordova. From Twitter account of Rep. Scott Tipton

Sadly, this is not the delightful odd-couple antics of Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart

But it is a great honor for a talented young artist from Pueblo. So it’s really not sad at all.

“Utmost Appreciation,” a portrait of hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar, is the work of Tiona Cordova, a senior at Pueblo’s Centennial High School. She’s the first place winner of the Congressional District 3 art competition. The portrait will hang in the U.S. Capitol alongside winners from other congressional districts from June to next May.

Tipton is a Republican who represents most of western Colorado. The winner was selected by a panel of judges from the local arts community.

“These students have remarkable, artistic abilities and I am always incredibly proud of the artwork they produce every year,” Tipton said in a press release. “The panel of judges has a tough task of selecting a winner, as the works submitted are all worthy of appreciation and demonstrate impressive skill. I want to congratulate Tiona for her exceptional painting this year and thank all of the students who participated.”

Erica Meltzer

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