Over the course of Art 4 and Art 5 each of you has had the freedom to develop a personal visual voice. Please articulate the stylistic tendencies you’ve adopted, being sure to mention the process, materials, and subjects you have investigated. My stylistic tendencies have ventured outside the norm for a Deep Run Art student through my use of calligraphy and watercolors. My voice goes past artwork that is typically seen on gallery walls, and is made to personalize the homes of those around me. Sticking with watercolor paper, watercolors, and my trusty TomBow Dual Brush markers, I've been able to create work that I'm passionate and excited about.
Please discuss the investment you’ve made in becoming the best artist you can be, including specific examples of the sacrifices you have made for the betterment of your creative work. Time really is money when it comes to my work, and takes up most of my life inside and out of the classroom. My afternoons are spent perfecting others houses with watercolors and experimenting new ways to write my "S"'s. But I don't do it for the extra cash, but the excitement on my customers faces when they see the work I've created specifically to them, and the fun I have while making it.
If you could re-live this past year as an art student, what would you do differently? I would have embraced my unique style earlier on. Although I loved the work I was originally pursing in the beginning of the year, my passion always led me back to hand lettering.
Describe an artistic accomplishment from the last two years of which you are proud. Starting my own business and pursing my art outside of the classroom setting. My motivation to work is now through the roof because of this decision and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Describe your most memorable experience from your time at DRHSART? My senior art show. As a freshmen, that was one of things I looked forward to the most. Getting to display your artwork to your friends and family is so rewarding and worth all the effort and stress that goes into planning your show.
Provide a little advice to the future students of this program to help them get the most from it. When you find something you love to do, especially art, don't hold back on running with it! You have been granted a gift, and it's yours to share with the world. Picasso said it best, "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." Enjoy your time in DRHS Art, and pursue it with passion and excitement.