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Artist's Inspiration

I think that art creates meaning for people because everyone can interpret pieces in their own ways. My personal approach to art is to take on more surrealistic and imaginary ideas and concepts when I'm making art. I was attracted to this project because I think it’s a unique way of getting involved with art in our community and getting connected with other artists. I approached this project by thinking of things that are currently happening in the world and are relatable to the viewer. Initially I imagined this project to be less literal, however I found that when I leaned into a more literal meaning it opened up an opportunity for me to use more abstract and creative visuals to convey meaning. My paintings ended up turning out more abstract than I had intended when going into this, particularly the negative one which shows a tree surrounded by fire, but I ended up liking it more than my original painting and kept with the abstractness.

Artwork of Light & Dark

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A stand-alone oak tree surrounded by brightly colored and abstract flames.

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An oak tree in the foreground with an eerie yellow-gray background that looks like smog. There are young trees shown in the distance with new growth of flower blossoms.

About the Artist

I have been making art since I was 7 or 8 years old, but I didn't start making art in an academic setting until freshman year. Outside of school I play violin and babysit during the week, and on weekends I like to see my friends and take my dog places. My favorite food is sushi or chicken alfredo, which I usually make with my mom. One memorable experience that I’ve had is horseback riding up a volcano in Costa Rica.

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