If an artist/art student, my primary medium or mixed media is:
I'm from the Park Hills area, and rather than taking the opinion of so many of my peers, rolling my eyes, and making reference to Missouri as "Misery" I took what I could from my life experiences. During the five year break I took from school a lot of life happened. So, I went back to what I knew had always worked for me. I picked up my old sketchpad and let the ideas flow. I sketch everything that comes in my head and never leave my house without a purse weighed down with pens. I never know when something is going to spark my interest or what may come from that original image.
I try to keep my imagination active and enter my own world in the studio. Honestly, it sometimes makes it hard to come back to reality. My five year-old son helps me keep my wheels turning. He keeps me playful at home and has inspired me in ways that he'll never fully understand. I try to think back to myself as a little girl dragging my Popples lunchbox full of crayons everywhere I went. My dad would play basketball while I sat in complete silence, focused on my doodles. The more I can retreat to that state, the better I feel about everything in the world.
I'm a firm believer in artistic expression, and I genuinely believe everyone needs an outlet in some form. But, this idea didn't just pop into my head one day. I am very lucky, and thankful to have been raised by parents that encouraged my creativity and imagination from day one. While the term "starving artist" can make any art student start second guessing everything, I'm very fortunate to have a strong support system at home.
The studio at Mineral Area College has become a second home to me and I truly enjoy myself there. Sometimes it's nice to step back from my easel and take in the atmosphere of the others working quietly. Jim Wilson has done a great job of creating a place where we can work and push ourselves creatively. Through this art program we've been able to travel to Chicago and learn about all the different and exciting things going on in the art world. I remember stopping and thinking, "I never would've thought of doing that to express myself." I now have that experience at least once a week through my own research and studies or with talking with the other artists in and out of the studio. Sharing your work can be intimidating, but when I think of those experiences, it makes it that much more worthwhile. I'm very grateful for the opportunities I've had thus far, and hopeful and excited for those to come.