My post today will be a little different from my previous ones. Instead of doing a tutorial, I want to tell you a little bit more about who I am as an artist and how I found my passion in art.
Growing up as an only child, I had to find ways to entertain myself. Art was the perfect way to express myself. I would spend hours making cards for imaginary events and making them as realistic as possible by putting fake barcodes on the back. My parents supported my continuous phases of new hobbies, through making jewelry, knitting, crocheting and scrapbooking. By the time I was in Middle School, I had experimented with web design and eventually coded my own subdomain. I taught myself Photoshop and was quite proud when I won the Agenda Cover Design contest at my school in grade nine. It was the first ever graphic design submission. Towards the end of high school, I struggled with trying to decide whether I really wanted to pursue my dream to be an artist or if I should study something more traditionally stable. My parents supported me more than ever which meant that I had to truly make this decision myself. I have always had a strong passion for visual art but I also have interests in other subjects like English and Biology. I guess I ended up with the best of both worlds since I am now studying towards receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Specialization, Major in English Language and Literature and a Certificate in Digital Communications.
Art is only limited by a person’s imagination and it means so much more to me than just visual elements on a page. My work allows me to explore new ideas and ways of thinking. It gives me the opportunity to take chances, challenge basic assumptions and build on good ideas to make better ideas. In experimenting with new techniques and creating art that is outside my comfort zone, I am able to accept that there may not only be one answer to every question.
The following video is a short introduction that explains why I started this blog, what I will be writing about and shows a few examples of my own work as an artist:
This blog is like an artistic diary for me. It is an outlet for me to share with you fun craft ideas, to express my own thoughts about how I am growing as an artist and to learn about other artists as well. I still continue to wonder sometimes if I made the right decision to study art, but I know that at the end of the day, no matter if I become a successful artist in the future – what is truly valuable to me are the ways that art reveals things about myself that I didn’t know before and how it constantly pushes me to keep exploring the world around me.
If you don’t know where you’re going, all roads lead there.