Size: 30"W x 24"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This contemporary Chicago skyline contrasts color, texture, and mood. The upper half of the painting is very textured and busy, while the bottom half is smooth and serene. The bright yellows, reds, and greens stand out vibrantly against the blues of the sky and water. The painting symbolizes the calmness one can find within their own city among the occasionally chaotic lifestyle of urban settings.
I present my work to you as an aspiring artist who hopes to, one day, fulfill my ambition of becoming an art teacher. In addition to teaching, I hope to continue to learn and improve my artistic practices, to expand my skill set, and pursue my passions. As a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I am currently working towards dual degrees in Art Education and Photography degrees. And while I may not focus my studies on painting, I have always had a passion for it and enjoy practicing it as a hobby and creative outlet. Falling in love with art at a very young age has allowed me to gradually refine my interests and style; and one motif in my work that fascinates me and appears in my work is layering. The way colors can be layered to create another beautiful color, the way different mediums can be layered to create dimensionality, and the way digital layers can be combined to visually create something that does not exist is not only intriguing, but also deeply empowering. I love that art can be something that the artist can control, but is truly something that controls the artist. I layer color, textures, and subject matter to create various moods and landscapes in my art. But it is really my environment and experiences that influence what I portray. My life in Illinois, from the life in the busy city of Chicago, to the sprawling surrounding suburbia, to the more classic Midwestern landscape of central Illinois has influenced, and continues to influence, my art. I hope that as my life progresses and I continue to develop as an artist the layers in my art will reflect my experiences, growth, and happiness.