Art is an expression of how I interpret the people around me. Ever since I knew I had the ability to create, it’s all that I’ve wanted to do. Growing up in Houston, Texas, I was influenced a lot by my southern culture; a blend of urban and rural life. In my artwork I like to exaggerate moments in time and the way they have affected me. Each piece that I create is associated with a person, or a moment that left such an impact on me I felt the need to capture it through painting or sketching. This is how I journal and make a moment tangible and visible to more than just myself.
Even with a desire to create, I have always tried to be more “practical” and invest in a career that will provide guaranteed income. During my freshman year of college, I enrolled into Louisiana State University as a Graphic Design Major to combine my passion with a career path I felt guaranteed me a job post-graduation. However, as the semesters passed, I found myself unhappy with the decision I made. Every day I would go home and avoid doing my projects by painting and sketching portraits of different classmates. After I decided to move home to Houston and finish up my bachelor’s degree, I decided to follow my gut and major in Studio Art. I took the leap because I honestly can’t see myself doing anything else. My goal is to change the way we label people based on ethnicity or gender, and tastefully portray individuals from all walks of life, highlighting all forms of beauty. I think art is the most powerful tool to encourage individuality, and the tolerance of differences.
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