1. When did you first realize you were an artist or wanted to be an artist?
I’ve been drawing before I was even able to write. Art has always been my passion and my escape. Growing up in a low income household, I did not get access to electronics until I was much older, so my main hobbies were reading and drawing.
2. You have worked in a variety of art mediums, do you have a favorite? If so, why is it your favorite?
My favorite mediums would have to be colored pencils and pens, since I’m most experienced and comfortable with these tools. However, I’ve been experimenting with different mediums and watercolors have been my favorite so far. I love how they blend!
3. If you could learn any other arts medium, what would it be? Why?
Acrylic painting and charcoal art, most specifically in a realistic style. I’ve always been mesmerized when someone is able to capture a landscape or portrait and have it look like a photo, when it’s actually all done by hand. That type of steadiness and eye for detail astounds me.
4. What is your favorite part of your job as the MAC Intern?
I love doing inventory because it gives me a chance to be able to look at every piece an artist has. I love peeling through different canvases and seeing what mediums they use or what shows their specific style in their art. It gives me inspiration of how I can incorporate what I like into my own art style.
5. Why do you think the arts are so important right now?
Art has always been important, I just think it’s finally being recognized as important now in this time and age, just as many other things deemed “unimportant” in the past (such as mental health/disorders or the LGBT community finally getting rights). The time we live in now is full of love and acceptance, and although there is some turmoil in different cultures clashing, I have a good feeling about the younger generation learning to love and empathize, which honestly is what art is all about.