I'm crestfallen that her SMA entries didn't make it in the high school show. A friend working at the gallery said the accepted works were edgier, darker, representative of teenage angst. So the cheerful, pan-ethnic holiday series M— painted didn't make the cut. Still, she has to become accustomed to rejection. That's part of an artist's life. I know that. Still, I think she's unbelievably skilled. Still, I wonder if she feels worse than the shoulder shrug she offered.