I haven’t always enjoyed painting. I first picked up a paintbrush in middle school and decided within fifteen minutes of experimenting that I was never going to do it again. It looked absolutely terrible. I’m pretty sure I almost cried. The paint brushes went away and I stuck to drawing horses with mechanical pencils. It wasn’t until my freshman year of high school in art class that I was once again forced to bring out the dreadful paintbrushes (thanks Mr. Burgess). Except this time, the end result wasn’t nearly as terrible. My landscape actually looked halfway decent, even if the shadows were on the wrong side of the trees and the road actually looked like a river. And then I painted a person, and the person looked like a human being and not a demented zombie!
Obviously I have come a ways since those troublesome days. I now run my own art business out of my room (which is now covered in paint that will probably never come out). People commission me to paint their pets, children, and other loved ones. Running a business is both fulfilling and challenging, and with a lot of room for error it can also become frustrating and discouraging. But I am so thankful for everything that has happened so far, as each choice gives me invaluable life experience and teaches me how to be a better person.
My art has become a driving force in my life, both challenging me and inspiring me to be a better person and to work hard towards the goals that I want to accomplish. If you don’t already know, horses are also an integral piece of my life. The only problem with horses is that they happen to be expensive: extremely expensive. Imagine having a massive dog that poops and pees everywhere, has mood swings, is terrified of plastic bags and butterflies, and also occasionally costs you a couple thousand dollars in vet bills. He also happens to be your therapist, your trail buddy, and your best friend. That’s a little bit what having a horse is like, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Because of my art, owning one of these majestic animals (Graham da pony) became a reality that I still cannot believe sometimes. It’s just flipping incredible to me that I have the privilege to do all the things I do and to meet the people I’ve met. Stay cool my broskis.