When I got older, I started writing, and eventually turned to visual arts. It was just a pastime for me, for much of my life. I would draw and paint often, and make tiny clothes out of leaves but it was still just for fun. When I got into middle school, and started encountering more anxiety and stress, art became a huge coping mechanism for me and I used it as such until I got to a point mentally where it could be for fun again. I am an introvert by nature, and I was able to find my voice through art, and discover other parts to myself that I couldn’t see before.
I am an artist because I have to be. It isn’t even an option at this point, it is a part of who I am and it is engrained so deeply in my personality that if I were to stop I don’t know if I’d be recognizable. Something about creating is a necessity in my life, whether through visual arts, or writing or through any self expressive method. Now I want to use art to express my opinions, but more so to help me learn more about myself. I want to find out what my opinions actually are, and what I am really capable of. I’m passionate about various social justice causes which seems common amongst artists so I’d like to learn more about these causes while being surrounded by people coming from different backgrounds and experiences, to give me a sense of perspective I wouldn’t develop