When I was in 5th grade, I had a wonderful teacher named Ms. Guelpa. She stands out as one of my few childhood teachers that I distinctly remember. One day, I remember drawing a picture of a car in her classroom. I don’t remember if it was part of an art class, or if I was just doodling. But I remember getting a lot of compliments on that drawing, and it’s my earliest memory of creating something that was cool.
Since then, art has always been part of my life on some level. During some years, it’s been a really small part – others, greater. It’s taken different forms too – drawing, music, and photography. But no matter the form, I’ve always tried to make sure that my art is mine first – i.e. I’m creating something that I’m genuinely interested in.