MHS grad ready to start new journey


Quincey Surface is used to being at the top of her class and a star on the volleyball court, but now she’s taken on a new creative venture.

The recent Madisonville High School graduate wasted no time getting to work after accepting her diploma as the Class of 2017 salutatorian.  Surface has been creating inspirational artwork and in a short time has made about $500.

Her inspiration often comes late at night when she paints and listens to “Jesus music” like Hillsong. Some of the artwork displays a simple message like “Blessed.” Some share meaningful scriptures such as “The righteous will live by faith” or “We love because He first loved us.”

“I think it’s a God-given ability,” Surface said, adding that her great-grandmother used to paint landscapes. “I think it runs in my genes.”

The 18-year-old took art in junior high from Stacy Bennett – “I love Mrs. Bennett,” she says – and entered photography and painting contests over the past few years. She recently won Best in Show for a painting at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Surface, who plans to major in accounting at Texas A&M University this fall, started ordering canvases in bulk from and picking up discarded pallets from the Bedias Feed Store. She made a painting for boyfriend Robert Culbreth’s home in College Station and posted a picture online. Within minutes, the orders were pouring in.

“It relaxes me,” Surface said. “It’s not a job. When you love what you do, it’s not a job.”

Each piece takes about an hour to complete, she said. She’s already got her sights on the décor at her new home off campus in College Station, which she’ll be sharing with three other students.

“I was like, ‘I’m going to decorate. Y’all good with turquoise?’” she said.

The charming teenager said her inspiration comes from up above.

“I’m really big in church,” Surface said. “Me and God are pretty close. I read the scriptures a lot. [My art] is a great way to spread the word.”

And even with her athletic accolades – as the MHS volleyball team’s Setter of the Year, tennis MVP and track star – Surface said she’s still not too sure what the future holds.

“I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up,” she said.