I enjoy finding a meditative path to escape the present. It just happens that from a very young age, art became my escape vehicle. When I began taking painting classes at Palette Art Studio, I was six years old. I relished in getting lost among the colors and the brushstrokes, and to this day, there is no feeling like it. When I started drawing classes a few years later, I found another realm to explore and a completely new skillset to learn.
Not one to directly express my emotions through art, I tend to showcase an idea or a certain atmosphere instead. In some of my paintings, like “The Lost City”, my goal was to make an old city seem alive through vivacious colors and texture. In other pieces, such as “A Chaotic Harmony”, my intention was to create rhythm between an unlikely instrument pairing. I find that inspiration comes when one least expects it, so I cannot pinpoint one specific source. I mix and match different images, pulling from both observation and imagination, in order to create a set-up I find interesting. In painting I tend to stick to oil – I love using a palette knife to create dimension. I think variation is one way to keep my process and my thoughts organic, so I switch between using large strokes to small strokes, blending to rough lines. In drawing I like to explore different mediums – from charcoal and graphite to ink and watercolor. Depending on what the subject and my vision are, I will choose the medium(s) that allows me to represent what I want to express.
Painting and drawing have been two of the most consistent things in my life. The sense of comfort and excitement I feel whenever I step into Palette Art Studio has never faded – I’ve grown up in this place. As for the future, I am not sure what I am going to do in terms of a major or career path. All I know is that fifty years down the road, I want to be able to say I have never stopped pursuing art.