Three years may not sound like a long time, until you look back and see the eventful journey of experiences that follows you. I invite you to join me in a reflection of my art progress from when I began Vancouver Island University’s Bachelor of Arts program to today.
My first year was dedicated to developing technical skills in art such as capturing value and drawing from life.
In subsequent years, we were encouraged to incorporate ideas from the mind and explore personal expression, which I had previously found myself hesitant to approach in my art.
It was a requirement to try new mediums, many of which I had previously avoided. I was intimidated by making art in new ways, as I had remained inside my comfort zone.
But then I learned the importance of pushing myself out of that comfort zone and trying new approaches whether I liked them or not. It helps me remember why I love making art so much, why it is the language I choose to express my ideas and emotions.
Comparing myself to others, as an artist, is something I had struggled with. One of the most important things I’ve learned is to focus on my personal growth and appreciate how far I’ve come.
This period of time has shaped who I am today, preparing me for the many changes yet to come. Rather than living in fear of change, I will remember to embrace it. I am glad to have my art by my side, growing alongside me.
As I am entering my final year at VIU, I dive further into bigger projects, pushing my skills and creativity further. I have included a preview of the latest work I have been up to as I prepare myself for graduation.