What I Believe it Means to be an Artist

From an early age I have been drawn to art. My family is made up of engineers and logical minded people, a career in the art field never occurred to me due to my environment. I loved experimenting with materials and making projects. After facing tremendously hard obstacles throughout high school, I took an art class to fill up my schedule. At that point I thought I wanted to be an engineer. Boy was I wrong!
I wasn’t happy doing the work, it was boring! My art class made me the happiest I felt in so long. I found my passion and what I should focus my attention on. The answer was right in front of me the whole time.
Being an artist doesn’t mean shove your views on the world and try and change others. It means, in my opinion, to use your talents to inspire and highlight new ways of thinking. Some people look down on artists, but that really means they don’t think the same way as we do and don’t understand the discipline and technique required to become a great artist.
For me, I want to someday continue Walt Disney’s legacy of inspiring children and their families to follow their dreams. Children need to see that they have the power to be who they are meant to be despite what society deems normal. I want to inspire others to follow their heart and challenge themselves. I want to use my talents to make a difference in someone’s life. Even though I want to be an animator you would be surprised how big of an affect they have on an audience.
Think back to your first Disney animated film you watched and how that movie helped you later in life. Watching the Little Mermaid was so inspirational to me as a child and today. I don’t have to be confided to the world I know and was taught to live in, I can be the person I strive to be. Disney movies transport us into a land of make believe, but it is crafted so well that we believe it is true and grow attached to the characters in the films. Watching my younger siblings reactions to Disney animated films is just wonderful to experience. I hope that someday I have the honor to make that experience a reality for others.
What it means to be an artist really means that you are committed to changing the world for the better. Inspiring others to follow what they love. It means making someone stop and think, to feel something and to reflect on that feeling. An artist is somewhat like the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, we show others what they never knew was inside of them the whole time!

The Nittany Lion Survives the Winter Blast

This image was taken the same day as I created the "Mock Hockney of the Nittany Lion."

The cold air and miserable weather inspired me to create this piece.  I wanted to dramatize the cold weather and add an icy feeling when you look at the piece.  The filters used on the image were made on my iPhone with the app Pico Sweet.  The developer’s name and Pico Sweet’s website on listed in the description under the “Mock Hockney of the Nittany Lion” piece.  Please feel free to give your reactions and ask any questions you may have!

Mock Hockney of the Nittany Lion

This piece was created during the constant winter storms of this year.

I am a huge fan of David Hockney and especially love his photography!  I have developed a great sense of pride for my university and am proud to be a Nittany Lion!  This piece reflects my development of PSU school spirit!  The work was done on my iPhone using the app called Pico Sweet, which was a great find on the app store!  Pico Sweet is property of ANDG CO. LTD and the Pico Sweet website is http://favs.jp/picosweet/

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

This piece was created in my art 201 digital arts class at Penn State Abington with William Cromar as the instructor.

The project was made entirely in Adobe Illustrator CS6 and constructed using only varying fonts, letters, numbers and punctuation marks.  The driving inspiration was from the poem “13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by Wallace Stevens.  The finished piece is a depiction of my own interpretation of the poems meaning.

The Scan and Foundation to the Exquisite Corpse Project- A Collaborative Effort in Art 201

This was created in my Art 201 digital arts class at Penn State Abington with the very inspiring and talented William Cromar as the instructor. This scan was then taken to Photoshop to start the exquisite corpse project with the rest of the class.

This piece was the starting point of the exquisite corpse project.  It was a scan of random objects that I attempted to place in a interesting and creative way.  That would become layered upon by others to create a completely new image as the finished product.

Hardship Mandala with Geometry Shown

This piece was made in my Art 201 digital arts class at Penn State Abington with William Cromar as the instructor.

This piece was based on the Tibetan monks mandala artwork and was an emotional piece expressing the hardships I have faced over the past several years.  It is the same image as the post titled “Hardship Mandala,” but now featuring the geometry that helped create the piece itself.