Caitlyn "Cait" Smith
I left any minuscule inadequacy I saw, forcing a confrontation of myself with my work. I took on an open mind to see that not all work was entirely perfect, or wholly bad. That my paint strokes on a canvas didn’t have to be perfect or beautiful, they could just be my own. I pushed myself to try new mediums, switching from charcoal to acrylic paint, as I had struggled the most with it. I took a break from portraits and expanded my knowledge of landscapes or still lifes. I no longer saw art as a way to show off or prove myself. It is now an outlet for my emotions, and how I process feelings or events. It has become my connection to friends, of collaborating to create our own comics and escapes. It is how I show my appreciation and gratitude to the people closest to me, constructing murals of their faces, left eyes included. I now accept the flaws in my work, as well as in myself. Because just as my art will continue to grow, so too will I.