Congratulations to Mariah Garlitos, the winner of the 2014 Poster Design Contest!
She's an artist who’s been trained at Hardin Simmons University, New Mexico State University at Alamogordo, New Mexico State University Las Cruces, and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design here in Denver.
The Filipino theme resonated with Garlitos. “My personal inspiration behind this design comes from both my ethnic background and my life experience,” she explains. “My ethnicity is Filipino and so I connected to that theme this year using the (Philippines) flag as inspiration for the colors and background. I also used to live in Japan and so I sought stylistic inspiration from my experience living in that culture. My image features parts of the flag as well as an illustration of a brush drawn dragon boat. The text also has a brush texture to add to the Asian theme.