Name: Violet Kertis
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Q: What art classes have you taken at Ridley?
Art 1, Drawing, Painting 1, AP Studio Art
Q: How have you grown as an artist during your time at Ridley?
I started by taking drawing classes and sincerely thought that I didn't have an ability to paint. I actually took painting because I wanted to challenge myself and see if I was able to do it. I found that I'm actually pretty good at it and I find it more enjoyable at times than drawing. I am still learning color theory and how to use color accurately to portray skin color.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of creating art?
It's rewarding when people tell me the composition or content of my pieces is interesting or beautiful to them because I feel like I put a lot of time and originality into it. I try to combine my desire to bring realistic images with things dealing with nature -- to create a new perspective.
Q: What's the biggest challenge?
Telling myself when to stop. I find sometimes if I keep going I'll mess up what I've already created. Specifically with faces, I try to make it look as realistic as possible but I find it challenging to accept and appreciate my own abilities and artistic style.
Q: What's the most difficult part of creating a self-portrait?
My nose. I actually wasn't able to paint my nose until this year. My portrait from last year has a nose but it's not my nose. I think if such a prominent detail is off, it takes away the quality and it doesn't accurately capture a face.