When Min Lin and his family fled from Thailand as refugees, he brought some amazing artistic talent with him to the United States.
Those who witnessed the Homecoming parade Thursday can attest to the ability of the Marshalltown High School junior, after seeing the painting he produced for the art club float.
The float features a painting that has waterfalls as part of a landscape that reminds Lin of the beauty of his native Thailand. His work drew plenty of attention this week as students built their entries for the parade.
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Min Lin, a junior at Marshalltown High School, is pictured with his painting that was featured on the art club float for the Homecoming parade Thursday.
"I like to paint landscape," he said. "It's beautiful."
Lin moved from Thailand to Arizona with his family in 2008 and to Marshalltown in 2011. His love of art began in the third grade.
"I saw my friend drawing and I started an interest in art," Lin, 17, said. "People say I'm talented and I feel good about it."
The float is just one example of the eye-popping art put forth by Lin, and his MHS teachers have taken notice.
"Min Lin is an amazingly talented artist," said MHS art teacher Julie Bousum. "Min is a delight to work with. He appreciates the opportunity to make art, especially painting."
Bousum's fellow MHS art teacher, Kirk Niehouse, also glows about Lin's work.
"He's just been an awesome kid and a great influence to our department," Niehouse said.
While living in Arizona, Lin illustrated a book, which is available at the Marshalltown Public Library, titled "Games Played in Mae La Refugee Camp" by Neil Sowards.
"It's awesome, especially considering he was in junior high when he illustrated it," Bousum said.
Lin believes his future will be tied to his love of art.
"I want to be a teacher and a professional artist," he said.