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I first became involved with the arts one cloudy Saturday afternoon back in 1999, in the small dainty green house wedged, along with two other houses, between two three story apartment buildings in a crowded neighborhood in Brooklyn. Nope, I didn’t live there, but my cousin did. My cousin, who was only a year older than me, was my role model, and when she started drawing, I imitated her.
It started with pencils and crayons and horses, (because all little girls love horses), and for a while, I continued to like what she liked: Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts. However, as I grew older and further apart from her, I became involved with comics, Manga, and anime. When I got into Hunter High School, I was exposed to other styles of art, starting with classical Greek sculpture all the way to Rothko and contemporary art. I had the opportunity to work with tempera, pastels, acrylic, watercolor, and lots of other media.
What started as an imitation has truly evolved into an integral component of my self-expression. Now in 2011, I continue to draw, doodle, sketch, or paint digitally in my cozy home in Fresh Meadows, Queens. Although comics has become my main medium, sometimes I work with Cray Pas when I’m stressed about that seven-page paper, due in two days. Or I take it slow and subtle with colored pencils when I’m relaxing.
But you know, being a teenager with hard-headed parents, it’s still difficult for me to find my own voice. I want to use the opportunity that Youth Insights offers to meet new people, learn their perspectives on art and the world, and perhaps discover another level of my voice.