|I have studied art since I was in sixth grade. I have had a combination of private tutoring,
public school art programs, and the Master's Art Institute in Ashland, Oregon. I have also
been teaching myself through books and observation my whole life.
I am sixteen, and now mastering the technique of oil painting. This medium has become a
favorite of mine for its expressive quality and ability to mimic the classical masters. I spend
some time every day with a brush in my hand, seated at my easel. I also enjoy pencil
drawings and especially portraits.
If there is one thing that I care more about than art, it is helping people. For my senior
project, I will be working with citizens of the community and, perhaps foreign countries who
are in need of financial help. I will paint their portraits and give them a cash sitting fee for the
privilege. I will then resell the portrait to reimburse this cost. In this way, I will be helping the
people who lend the unique character of their faces to my canvas. The selling of the
portraits will also allow art connoisseurs to hang a painting in their homes or offices that has
benefited the subject. It will be a way of acquiring art and also helping the less fortunate.