Columbus native unveils official portrait of Michelle Obama

Columbus native unveils official portrait of Michelle Obama

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus native is getting national attention for the presidential painting she revealed Feb. 12.

Artist Amy Sherald stood alongside Michelle Obama in Washington D.C. as she uncovered the portrait she painted of the former first lady.

Sherald, who was born in Columbus and attended art school at Clark Atlanta University, was chosen last October to paint the official portrait of Mrs. Obama.

After the unveiling, Michelle explained she and President Obama invited artists to the White House to be interviewed to get the job.

"Within the first few sentences of our conversation, I knew she was the one for me. Maybe it was the moment she came in and she looked at Barack and she said 'Mr. President, I'm really excited to be here and I know I'm being considered for both portraits,' but she said to me, 'Mrs. Obama,'" said Mrs. Obama. "She physically turned to me and she said 'I'm really hoping that you and I can work together."

With the commission, Sherald will receive a $25,000 prize.

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