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My name is Denisse, and I'm a junior in high school. I was born and raised in Peru. When I was ten, my family and I moved to Queens, where I continue to reside.

I grew up in an artistic environment. I had two favorite uncles, one was a cartoonist and the other was an opera singer. From them, I acquired my love of art. I like art because it gives me the freedom to express my feelings on how I view the world.

I'm currently majoring in architecture. Architecture is not just about drawing buildings. It allows you to learn about the development of cultures. The High School of Art and Design has allowed me to explore different kinds of art. Youth Insights has given me the opportunity to get to know the work of American artists and a basic knowledge of how to view contemporary art.

Working with older people is interesting because they have so much to offer and share from their experiences. I like working with children because whatever knowledge they gather in their early years will have an impact on their adulthood, and I would like to be part of that development. So far, my favorite American artists are John Storrs and Edward Steichen. Steichen's photographs are amazingly beautiful works of art. He can really make a photograph look like a painting. After high school, I plan to major in architecture in college.