Meet Four Outstanding Campbell Artists
January 25, 2019
by Len Lathrop
The CHS Learning Commons was full of family and friends Wednesday night. The Portfolio Class students were exhibiting their artwork while Wednesday was the opening night with all the artists talking about their work in multi-mediums. The display will be in the Commons for two weeks. Having displays were Hayley DeMarco, Mason Jeffrey, Robert Cook and Chelsea Burke.
What Art Means to Me
“Growing up, art had such an impact on my life. I have always loved to scribble out anything I am feeling or thinking, and through the years I practiced constantly and filled as many sketchbooks as I could. Some people think artists are born, but they are not, they are made. Artists are the kids who practiced and practiced until they got the looks and feel they wanted. Art for me is a sensory experience, which is why I try every medium I can. At a very young age I was enrolled in dance, so I am a performing arts student as well as a visual arts student.
“Art is an entire experience for me, whether I am using my body or materials. I find my inspiration comes from obstacles I have overcome in my life. I love to tackle pieces that make an audience uncomfortable, not the pretty sunset or delicate flower, but the real pieces that speak to humanity. Sometimes my pieces are about my own issues I have faced, such as a rough childhood. Other times I draw ideas from global issues such as war and poverty. Historical issues interest me as well; I had an interesting time researching my piece about women writers using aliases to sell books. Art will always be a relevant part of my life, and part of everyone’s life.”
“It always starts with a circle. Whether it’s the shape of a character’s head, or the dot of a vanishing point in a perspective drawing. As an artist, I always like to draw things the way I like to. My art style is something that took me years to develop, starting with something very cartoony and disproportionate, evolved into something that was completely ripped off of something else. Though over time, I started making small changes to my style to make it feel more original. I changed the way that I drew eyes, hair, as well as the way I shaded things, using more color instead of just using solid black. My main goal as an artist is to one day publish my very own comic book series, so if I do that, my art style needs to be 100 percent my own, and 100 percent consistent. Otherwise, it won’t look like something that I created, and it won’t stand out in front of everything else that already exists.”
“Art is therapeutic for me. When I am feeling anxious, or even if I am in a happy mood, I will create something. Changing a blank piece of paper or canvas into something beautiful is so satisfying. It is from my own mind, I step back and look at my art work and say “wow, I created this.” Art is not all fun and games; it is about learning what you are passionate about and where it could take you. Art to me is about finding out where it could take me. My favorite outcome of showing others my art is seeing the smile on their face. When I see their smile it makes me feel like I am doing something right. After high school I would like to become an art teacher.”
Why I Do Art
by Mason Jeffrey
“My main goal as an artist is a simple one, but has a lot of thought put into it: I simply want to entertain those around me. Nothing feels better than making someone feel something in a genuine way, whether it be joy, or sadness, or anger, or wonder, but for me the feeling I try to evoke with my work is that of humor. I want to make people laugh, I want them to see the humor in the basic aspects of life that I see, but more than that I want them to have fun by doing no more than look at something.
“More than that, I want people to connect with what I like and what they like, which is why some of my pieces have references and iconography from pop culture, music, and famous franchises. These references range from movies and bands like “Star Wars” and The Beatles, respectively, to more obscure franchises, like “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Ultimately, I want to make people enjoy what they see, and see acts of creativity that connects to both the real world and worlds of fiction.”