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New Albany High SchoolAs a photographer you are obviously gifted with spatial genius, which is the ability to see creatively without an external model. Before we discuss this, please tell us a little bit about yourself, including family and other areas of interest.
I’ve won several awards with my artwork. My first award, and probably my most prized one yet, I received when I was in the second grade. In second grade, my mom never got my artwork back from art class because she later found out that my art teacher was sending all of my work to art shows downtown. I won one of the best in-show prizes and got to go downtown to present my picture. I also won another best in-show ribbon in sixth grade for a chalk pastel drawing of a flower. This drawing is now hanging in our home.
My family has always supported me in my artistic efforts. They are always cheering me on and pushing me to take my talents to the limit! I think that a good support system is a vital key to success. If you don’t have anyone by your side to back you up and tell you that you can do it (even if it is your own self!), then you will have no motive or heartfelt conviction to realize your dreams. That’s why I feel so blessed to have family and friends that are there to reassure me when I start to doubt myself.
It comes so natural and your work is amazing! What does photography mean to you? (Please talk about your natural spatial genius – the ability to see creatively without an external model.)
What advice would you give to students to help them tap into their artistic or creative genius?
You can’t learn talent. Plain and simple. However, everyone has their own unique set of talents and abilities, but sometimes they’re hidden. We each have to go on our own journey to find our talents and skills. Sure, you can learn how to draw a bowl of fruit, but you can’t learn how to see the world in an artistic perspective; that is something you have to develop yourself. A way that I tap into my creative side is by letting my surroundings inspire me with new ideas and concepts that I could have never achieved just by sitting around and racking my brain. Sometimes, in art, what you’re looking for isn’t always in your mind. Sometimes you just have to look around. It will expand your views and broaden your horizons to new thoughts and unique perspectives in a world full of unlimited possibilities. You just have to open your mind and be willing to learn new things.
Do you find it difficult to do well in other subjects outside of art or photography?
After high school, do you plan to attend a traditional 4-year college or an art institute?I still haven’t decided on that yet. I know that if I go to an art college, I’m probably going to enroll at the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD). I have an interest in the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for photography and/or graphic design as well. The only reason that I’m not completely sure is that I really want to minor in Spanish. I still have yet to decide what college I would go to if I went to a traditional college. But I do know that OSU is at the top of my list.
Let’s fast forward 5 or 10 years into the future. What do you see yourself doing?
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