Q: How did you get into painting?
I've been painting and drawing really since I was a kid so I can't remember exactly when, but I'd say I only started taking it seriously in late elementary school/early middle school. Being in art classes really fueled my use of it though because I didn't have much paint at home at the time.
Q: What is the first thing you ever painted?
That sadly I cannot remember because I have so many works and I've been painting for forever. It was most likely either a person or made-up landscape.
Q: If you had to describe this portfolio in one word, what would it be?
I'd describe it as "Technical". All of these artworks have different feelings, and it would be hard to describe them under one term. But one thing they all have in common I'd say is how much effort I put into the details and craftsmanship.
Q: What do you want people to think/feel when they see one of your paintings?
What I want people to think when they look at my work is "Wow, I love the effort this person puts into their work" or "Wow that piece of work is beautiful ''. Many of my works don't have much of a deeper meaning so I more enjoy when people appreciate the craftsmanship itself.
Q: How does your painting connect to other parts of your life?
I tend to create my artworks for school projects as of late, but my artworks usually are created by what I'm really interested in at the moment or what I find pretty or need more appreciation. For example, my typewriter project is based on the movie "Pride and Prejudice" which is one of my all-time favorite movies.
Q: What are your two favorite colors to paint with?
My favorite colors to paint with would probably be green and skin tones. Green reminds me of nature all the time and I enjoy trying to mix skin tones and get them correct.
Q: What other artists inspire you?
My main art inspiration is Audra Auclair. I've always admired her painting style and use of colors. I wish that one day I'd be able to work like her. But she isn't my sole inspiration, I follow many artists on social media that collectively inspire me in different ways.
Q: How do you see painting being a part of your life in the future?
My dream has always been to become a freelance artist that sells their work or copies of it (like prints) on social media or online store and work in my own studio. So since the basis of that work is to create art, painting will be a big part of my life and career.
Q: What tips would you give someone starting out as a painter?
This may sound annoying to those who have asked multiple artists and heard the same thing, but practice makes perfect. I personally had a bit of an unconventional art growth journey; I didn't start off with the basics as many kids didn't, I picked up a pencil/brush/stylus and just started drawing what I felt like. Slowly after creating art and teaching myself for years I reached a point where I was proud of my work and got to where I am now. But I will say learning the fundamentals of proportions and composition is very important and will definitely help you improve faster, along with grabbing inspiration and study works that you enjoy. If you draw a little bit each day no matter how much, you'll start seeing progress no matter what.