My parents tell me that from the moment I could hold a pencil, I was drawing. The way I remember it, drawing was my way of dreaming. It was a game that I didn’t need any one else to play; I could be whoever I wanted to be and do whatever I wanted to do.
My mother is and always will be my biggest inspiration for creating. She is also an avid painter, musician, and artist, and is continuously improving her own work.
Once I grew into my adolescent and early teenage years, my parents bought me a tablet that allowed me to explore the world of digital art. Photoshop became my best friend and I was constantly drawing and even playing a little bit with animation. During these times, art for me was expression and experimentation; taking up almost all of my free time outside of school.
At the age of twelve, my family experienced a house fire that hurt no one but destroyed quite a few of our belongings. Being without my computer for a bit of time, I picked up my mother’s old guitar and had her teach me a few chords. Once I gained access to a computer again, I was all over the Internet, learning how to play and write music.
Writing became a second form of expression for me, and within just a couple years of developing my interest, I wrote over thirty songs! Throughout high school, my parents encouraged me to continue honing my talents and even pursue them after graduation.
I am currently a senior at the University of Texas in Dallas studying Arts and Technology. I am continuing to improve myself as an artist and musician and attend local open mics, play shows, do portraits, logos and T-shirt design, and any kind of customer commissions.
Outside of studying and working at the Apple Store, it seems I have made a business of my skills. Sketching not only keeps me awake during class lectures, but also helps me pay for a couple of extra meals each month. I thoroughly enjoy what I do, and I am inexplicably grateful for the talents and inspiration I have been given.
As I continue to grow and experience, I hope to make an impact on a larger level, with motivation to create for more vast audiences and be a part of a more influential cause.