William Floyd Middle School art teacher Tim Kosta recently had the opportunity to feature one of his original paintings, “The Race,” at a school art exhibit on the subject of “perseverance.” Painted with acrylic on canvas, “The Race” depicts an athlete running and striving for the finish line, which symbolizes the many races that people run throughout their lives. In addition to seeing Mr. Kosta as their teacher, Carolyn Schick, William Floyd Middle School principal, thought that it was important for students to see him as a working artist.
In the description of the painting, which was sold but graciously lent back to him for the exhibit, Mr. Kosta writes, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run with perseverance that you may obtain it. Be steadfast in whatever race you are currently running in your own life. It may be in your school work, a sport, at home, with friends or even faith related. Rejoice in your difficulty and the hard time you are facing knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces good character, and character produces hope. There is a great cloud of witnesses cheering you on! Lay aside every weight, negative thought, or idea that ‘I can’t do this,’ and run with perseverance and endurance the race that is set before you.”