Ashland High School Student Artist
Emerging artists from Ashland High School and the Wilderness Charter School will be featured in Ashland Galleries for the month of March. Illahe Design Studio and Gallery will feature the mixed-media underwater scenes of art student, Kalindi Stewart. New ceramic work with themes of chocolate created by gallery owner, Susan Springer will also be on display.
My art is ever changing and always evolving. I can’t label my overall style of painting because my mind is a canvas splattered with ideas, and no two are alike. I go with the flow so sometimes the outcome of a painting is a surprise to even me. And I love it that way. Art should be free and not bound down by anything because it is the one thing in life that is not strapped down by rules or logic. When I paint I feel like I become the truest form of myself, radiating creativity, thinking crystal clearly as I pull elements together and turn my canvas into anything I want it to be. It’s so free, so lifting.
I wish I could say I fell in love with painting the instant I picked up a paintbrush. But I didn’t. It was during my first year of high school when I really picked it up. And now that I’ve discovered my hidden passion it only continues to intrigue me. I’m amazed at how happy it makes me, and that’s why truly I paint for myself. Don’t get me wrong; I’d love to sell some paintings so other people can enjoy them too, but that isn’t what motivates me.
I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil, and I’ve always known that I like art. As a child I’d constantly be making things in all unusual forms and contrasts. Then as a teen I discovered photography, which I’m also very into. I make clothes, patches and jewelry also. Basically whatever inspires me I do, and every day is an inspiration waiting to happen.